W-07: Make Space for Race: Reducing the Effect of Racism (and other “isms”) in Public Education

9:00AM – 5:00PM | Regency B

This session is an expansion of the Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) Cultural Humility and Equity principle. Information and background on how societal oppressions are embedded in public systems will be included. It will describe how racism, sexism and other sociocultural traumas affect school success, behavior and relationships, and encourage educators to assess individual privileges and powers and the ways they affect students. It will identify practical, individual ways that folx can disrupt system and modify policies, practices and procedures. This content is informed by work in multiple school districts, with a variety of student populations and predominantly white educators.

Dr. Martha Merchant, a licensed psychologist, is currently a consultant with UCSF HEARTS in several school-based projects. She provides training, consultation and support for adult members of the students’ caregiving system (teachers, school staff and parents/families) in order to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments. She was the main consultant under Project Prevent for three years in the San Francisco Unified School District, providing training and consultation in seven schools in the Bayview area in San Francisco. Previous to this work, she was a clinician with UCSF HEARTS embedded at El Dorado Elementary School (also in the Bayview) for two years. There she provided direct services, training and consultation to parents, teachers, staff and administration around trauma-sensitive practices, lending a trauma lens to their expertise as educators so that they could be more effective in their work while staying well in the process.

Note: Workshop handouts will be placed online prior to the event. CASP will charge $10 per day for anyone requesting printed handouts.
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