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Racial Trauma and Self-Care: Home

Definitions

Racial Trauma:  "Racial trauma is one term used to describe the physical and psychological symptoms that people of Color often experience after being exposed to stressful experiences of racism (Carter, 2007)...And, these racism experiences never exist in isolation; racial trauma is a cumulative experience, where every personal or vicarious encounter with racism contributes to a more insidious, chronic stress (Carter, 2007)."

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/isprc/isprc-advisory-board.html

Self-Care: Self-care is the active participation of enhancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and quality of life. 

 https://www.wright.edu/student-affairs/health-and-wellness/counseling-and-wellness/workshops-and-self-help/self-care

Acknowledgements

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

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Highline College Librarians have also developed resource guides for Anti-Racist Resourcesas well as on Trauma-Informed Practices.

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Resource Recommendations

Have ideas or suggestions? We encourage recommendations for additional anti-racist resources not currently listed on this page. Highline College community members are encouraged to update our shared document or to email us directly to share resources.