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***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most programs are currently taking place virtually. If you need help accessing a virtual program, contact us at www.wrl.org/ask.*** 

Led by presenter Chloe Edwards, we will dive into history and peel back the comfortable and utterly uncomfortable layers of our individual and collective experience, to expose the fallacies that contribute to racial trauma that oppressed communities endure and rise above today. You’ll be part of the conversation, so bring your questions and observations. This program contains some images of violence, which we will alert you to.

  • Part 1 
    • Racism. Oppression. Microaggression. White privilege.  What are the words and practices that contribute to racial trauma? Let’s uncover these definitions and look at experiences we’ve all had, seen, or contributed to in our daily lives.
  • Part 2 
    • We might be aware of the individual and collective disadvantages of racism. But racism also creates social, physical, and mental stress disorders that are often hidden or misunderstood. What is Trauma-Informed Care, and how can it respond? And what resources can help us move forward towards an antiracist society?

Chloe Edwards is the Advocacy and Engagement Manager for Voices for Virginia’s Children, specializing in trauma-informed care and equity. Chloe launched Virginia’s first Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which was recognized by Governor Ralph Northam. Now, the initiative has evolved into Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy in Leadership and is the current president of Black Lives Matter 804. She was named one of Style Weekly’s top 40 Under 40 and one of Radio One Richmond’s top 30 Under 30 in 2017.

Please note that this program requires registration to attend. Register here before or during the program and you will receive an email from libraryoutreach@wm.edu with the Zoom link info to connect.