Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma while Supporting Student Safety

students with backpacks

June 15 & 22, 2021

1:30 – 3:30 pm



This event is offered for Capital Region ESD 113 Safety Consortium members only. 

Racial trauma is an inescapable by-product of persistent exposure to repressive circumstances that emotionally, psychologically, and physically devastate one’s sense of self while simultaneously depleting one’s strategies for coping. It is a life-altering and debilitating experience that affects countless numbers of people of color over multiple generations. Unfortunately, the failure to consider the interrelationship between racial oppression and trauma limits our ability to work effectively with the Youth of Color who live in the midst of sociocultural conditions that are injurious to their psyches and souls. Even when clinical work is trauma-informed, it rarely devotes adequate attention to racial oppression and the pervasive trauma associated with it.

This two-part workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the anatomy of racial trauma and the debilitating hidden wounds associated with it. Special attention will be devoted to highlighting trauma-informed interventions and strategies relating to school discipline, student safety, and threat assessment.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Use a lens of racial trauma when evaluating student safety and potential threats.
  • Be able to recognize systematic racism that affects responses to student behavior.
  • Creating threat assessment teams and procedures that are rooted in equitable practices.
  • List strategies for effectively communicating with school administration, teachers, and other school staff about racial trauma that may be impacting students’ mental and physical health, experience of school, behaviors in the classroom, and/or academic outcomes.


  • Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy


Dates and times:

June 15 & 22, 2021 | 1:30–3:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Cost: Free