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Racial Trauma and Self-Care

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

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 (linked below) or to email us directly to share resources.

Acknowledgements

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

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Highline College Librarians have also developed resource guides for Anti-Racist Resourcesas well as on Trauma-Informed Practices. See links to these LibGuides below.