A Reflection on Supporting Students with Racial Trauma as I Endure Racial Re-traumatization
Keywords:safe spaces, reflection, resilience, empowerment
This narrative focuses on the events of May 25, 2020, with the murder of George Floyd and the days following. The experience is explored by applying Race-Based Traumatic Stress theory and Empowerment theory. As a female social work educator of color, I explore my journey through my personal adverse experiences with law enforcement and racial trauma while seeking to help students process this current event, find their advocacy voice, and advocate for racial justice. This narrative is about resilience. A social worker who is skilled in mobilizing people felt like she was losing her voice amid a horrible event—only to have her resilience activated and change initiated.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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