Diversity Training Isn’t Enough: Racism, Trauma and Justice – Dr. Joy A. DeGruy

In this presentation hosted by the Wilmette Institute, Dr. Joy DeGruy, an internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter living in the United States talks about how the most challenging problem facing humanity is racism. When we consider the issues associated with COVID–19 we find ourselves inextricably entangled within the thick web of structural racism, classism and the social determinants of health. This presentation offers a “deep dive” into the issue of racism and oppression and how to create real and lasting change. This is the opportunity for the creation of laws that will guide systemic change; and to protect the most vulnerable that are most often found to be living at the intersection of classism and racism. To that end, Dr. Joy DeGruy’s contribution to human affairs is to educate, inform, and motivate others to embrace the cause of “oneness” by better understanding what is keeping us from it.

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, a Master’s in Social Work, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. She is an internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.

If you enjoyed this, you may also be interested in our podcast episode featuring Dr. Joy Degruy: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 10: Joy DeGruy

If you’re curious to know more about the Wilmette Institute, which hosted this presentation, please visit their website: wilmetteinstitute.org

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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