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LOCATION: Busch Campus Center, Multipurpose Rooms A & B. 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (see map below)
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If Elephants Could Talk: Racial Literacy for Everyday Racism
Howard Stevenson, PhD
Given the American climate of polarized politics, today’s race relations has suffered significantly. In no other place than education, has this suffering become more evident. Since the 2016 Presidential election, the number of hate crimes and attacks have increased dramatically and schools have often been the sites of racial, gender, sexual identity, and religious bigotry, to name a few. Given this polarization, most Americans are becoming more fearful of having racial discussions and without courage to engage racial moments, the skills to navigate racial conflicts are sorely lacking. Many schools are seeing that racial literacy skills development should be a high priority for k-12 education across the country to meet the unique challenges of race relations for the 21st century. This keynote will focus on how to help educators, clinicians, students, and parents change avoidant “deer-in-the-headlights,” “walking on eggshells” coping responses with more assertive, problem-solving strategies. Racial literacy training has been proposed as a trauma healing approach to help individuals engage racial encounters where practice of racial mindfulness, stress management and assertiveness can provide the skills of negotiation more readily.
Participants will be able to:
- 1. Apply culturally relevant behavioral stress management strategies to address racial stress in schools and elsewhere
- 2. Develop measurable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the K-12 curriculum and teacher/faculty/staff professional development
- 3. Implement teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive environment for work
Instructional level: Introductory
Busch Campus Center