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Towards Therapeutic Conditions: Racial Trauma with BIPOC Communities

26 February 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Moving beyond celebration, Black History Month is a time wherein we should all begin to reflect on the psycho-social implications of inequity. This 90-minute session will involve transparent and authentic conversations about Racial Trauma, Microaggressions, PTSS, Impostor Syndrome and the deplorable state of mental health amongst members of the Black community. Through exploring the historical antecedents to this issue and engaging with the contemporary problems that encourage it, we will think through the institutional mechanisms that need to be crafted in order to show up for those who are most vulnerable and in need.

Speakers: Joseph Smith and Dwayne Brown from Generation Chosen

Joseph Smith is a PhD (ABD). His doctorate is interdisciplinary and encompasses key notions amongst the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, religious studies and literature with a focus on the philosophies of self-consciousness within the west and the intellectual background of black consciousness. He is a qualified elementary, secondary and post-secondary educator with principalship qualifications; co-founder of the non-profit organization Generation Chosen which focuses on Mental health and Emotional intelligence within underserved communities; a project coordinator for the Black Experience Project housed/funded by Environics Research Institute; a facilitator and consultant in the area of Anti-Black Racism and Emotional health at Morneau Shepell; co-creator/co-facilitator of the Rooted and Rising environmental activism program; sits on the board of Operation Black Vote Canada as the Director of Youth Outreach; and is a founding member of the Foundation for Black Communities which is a non-profit organization designed to adjudicate grants, develop policy, and liaise with government and the philanthropic sector to better serve Black-led and Black-serving non-profits and charities.

Dwayne Brown is a PhD candidate at York University. His doctorate takes a look at the influence of anti-black racism, mental health and emotional intelligence on the educational success of BIPOC youth in Toronto, Canada. He is a qualified K-12 educator with the Toronto District School Board as well as Co-Founder and Director of Education of the non-profit, Generation Chosen, which focuses on culturally relevant emotional intelligence within underserved and neglected communities His research interests include emotional intelligence education, mental hygiene promotion, equity and social justice, decolonization, critical pedagogy, identity creation, community engagement, special education, curriculum design, anti-black racism and hypermasculinity.

Generation Chosen is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the emotional intelligence of young adults from underserved communities. Through openly confronting mental health obstacles, dealing compassionately with harmful emotional tendencies, creating opportunities for educational matriculation, financial self-sufficiency and meaningful mentorship, we aim to holistically support the development of those most vulnerable in our society and interrupt inter-generational cycles of poverty, disenfranchisement and trauma.