Hidden in Plain Sight: Giving Voice to the Experiences of Minoritized Children
For decades, extensive funding, training, and instructional practices have focused on improving the academic outcomes for students who have been historically underserved. Yet, for all these efforts, the challenges remain. In this session, the presenter will focus on recent research in the area of race-based stress and its impact on the academic performance and overall well-being for minoritized youth. Emphasizing the need for placing culture at the center of trauma-informed care, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji will inspire, challenge, and motivate educators to update their practices and policies to give voice to the experiences of minoritized schoolchildren. Dr. West-Olatunji will discuss race-based trauma and then provide examples of evidence-based, culture-centered programs that have changed the trajectory for underserved youth. These programs have a focus on resiliency, empowerment, and self-actualization for youth who are, far too often, unseen and unheard in our educational systems.
Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji has over 25 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience in the area of trauma stress and race-based trauma. Additionally, Dr. West-Olatunji has conducted commissioned research in the area of traumatic stress sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Counseling Association Foundation, and the African American Success Foundation. In addition, Cirecie West-Olatunji has held leadership positions at the national level to inform local and national policymakers about issues pertaining to underserved students in low-resourced schools. Her publications include three co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.