Rollins Launches Racial Trauma Series

March 10, 2023
Racial Trauma Series

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office has launched a multi-part series focused on racial trauma, or the psychological stress and distress caused by encounters with racial bias, ethnic discrimination, and hate crimes. Over the next few months, we will present several sessions that focus on the experience of racial trauma, the various coping skills used by different groups, and the role of advocates and allies during or following national or local events involving race-based violence or hate.

As we continue to advance DEI within our respective units across Rollins, the school will also provide multiple professional development opportunities to help sharpen our knowledge and skills as advocates for racial justice and health equity. Our hope is that the Racial Trauma Series will be an opportunity for us to learn from those who are in and are working with affected communities.  

Please keep an eye out for additional details about the upcoming sessions.



PART 2 Understanding Racial Trauma Within Asian Communities: History, Healing and Allyship 

WATCH the Recording of Part 2

Session Resources

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans by Jenny Wang




PART 1 Understanding Racial Trauma - Its Effects, Coping Strategies, and Ways to Show Care for Affected Community Members 

WATCH the Recording of Part 1  

Session Resources

Racial Trauma Definition HandoutFrom Briana Woods-Jaeger’s Thrive Research Lab

American Psychologist - The Neglected 95% Revisited: Is American Psychology Becoming Less American?

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare - An Afrocentric Perspective on Social Welfare Philosophy and Policy