Center for Children’s Advocacy Seminar Series presents
Race and Reality
Maysa Akbar, PhD
Urban Trauma – A Legacy of Racism
Adolescent and Child Clinical Psychologist; CEO, Integrated Wellness, New Haven
Survived physical abuse. Witnessed community violence. Conquered the streets. Saved by education.
This is Dr. Maysa Akbar’s story. A story of overcoming Urban Trauma.
It’s easy to look down at urban communities and wonder why economic and social disparities still exist when so many people of color, despite facing severe adversity, have done better. They have broken the “cycle.” Yet there are those in urban communities who continue to be plagued by what Dr. Maysa Akbar has defined as Urban Trauma – a set of conditions that sustain modern day oppression. Dr. Akbar makes the case that since the time of slavery, systemic trauma in our urban centers is a result of poverty, overcrowded housing, poor physical and mental health, despair, violence, crime, and drug abuse. Not only is Urban Trauma real, but that by denying its existence we deny our communities of color the chance to heal and break their cycle.
Racial Bias and School Discipline
Leon Smith, JD
Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy Racial Justice Project
The Law vs Reality: Racial Bias and School Discipline – Some Statistics
Regina Hopkins, JD, EdD
Educational Consultant, CT State Department of Education
A Racial Focus on School Climate and Restorative Practices
Moderator: Kathryn Meyer, JD
Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy Speak Up Initiatives and Educational Success Project
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