Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Trauma Healing for Educators of Color

Fall 2023, Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-7:30pm

Workshop Description

Faculty of color in academia often experience a range of microaggressions, racism, and are overburdened with service and mentorship requirements compared to their White counterparts. This workshop provides a space for faculty of color at Cal Poly to process those experiences in ways that result in healing from those negative, and often traumatic, experiences that are common among faculty of color at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).  

After this workshop, faculty of color will have built a sense of community with others in the group and learned about putting into practice activities and behaviors that allow them to heal from their own trauma. This workshop aims to help retain and strengthen the BIPOC faculty community on campus and facilitate the development of positive coping skills. 

This workshop will be offered in person on Wednesday, November 1, 4:30-7:30 pm.

Workshop Goals and Activities

This workshop aims to provide faculty of color with a space to acknowledge, process, and begin to heal from traumatic experiences, especially experiences with racism, discrimination, and other negative experiences resulting from the oppression of marginalized and intersecting identities.  

Activities for this workshop include (1) an opportunity to discuss and process negative racialized academic experiences with similarly marginalized peers, (2) the use of evidence-based practices, including letter writing, breathing exercises, and affirmation development to heal from those experiences and become more efficacious and self-assured.

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed to center and address the distinctive needs of faculty of color, though is open to all faculty. 


Dr. Susana López, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Child Development 

Dr. Joni Roberts, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Public Health

Registration for Fall 2023 Session

 If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Trauma Healing for Educators of Color Registration form. Please note that only the facilitators listed above will have access to the names and information of those who register. 

Space is limited. This workshop will be offered again in spring quarter to accommodate additional participants.



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