Personal and Professional Explorations During a Dual Pandemic from Two Social Work Professors
Keywords:COVID-19 pandemic, teaching , parallel process , anti-oppressive trauma-informed teaching practice , coping
We identify as two early career Bachelor of Social Work faculty—a Black, cisgender male, and first-generation immigrant; and a cisgender white queer mother in my second career. We wanted to offer an intimate story about our experience learning and growing during a dual pandemic, one being COVID-19 (Amadasun, 2020; Miller & Lee, 2020) and the other being racial injustices with the shared witnessing of the murders of Black Americans (Sobo et al., 2020). Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Walter Wallace Jr., and other people of color in 2020 and 2021, we facilitated seminars on anti-oppressive, trauma-informed education practice (TIEP) to faculty, staff, and students at our academic institution during the 2020-2021 academic year. We both practice anti-oppressive, trauma-informed teaching, and this manuscript focuses on our professional explorations with our students and each other during the pandemic.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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