On Trauma and Social Justice
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
“We know that trauma has always been present. We’re just now having the specific tools to focus on it in a way that we can connect it to various things, like poverty… In reading more research about trauma-informed issues I’m recognizing my own trauma connection to poverty in some of the things that I’ve done — in hoarding money or not wanting to take specific risks or being afraid of being poor because of those things I experienced as a child. And so, we will continue to connect.” The leader of a social justice institute at historically-Black Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas discusses her work, how to make services for students more trauma-informed and how to create safe spaces for transgender and LGBQ students at HBCUs.