Posted on: April 9, 2023 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

By Thalia Rivera, Features Editor

Understanding and dealing with trauma can be difficult and confusing.

On Thursday at 11 a.m., the psych department at Moraine will be hosting an event titled “Exploring Racial and Ethnic Trauma” to help combat trauma surrounding these issues. The event will take place in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the F building.

Event coordinator and psychology professor Nick Shizas says that the discussion aims to explore “how racial and ethnic trauma is categorized and how it’s experienced by people.

“I think it’s a topic worth exploring because we have a large minority population here at Moraine who have experienced trauma,” Shizas said.

The presenter, Dr. Shenay Bridges-Carter, is the director of clinical services at Northwestern University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, as well as a clinical psychologist who founded the Bridges to Wellness Therapy Center in Chicago. 

According to Moraine’s website, Bridges-Carter will also “address how one’s body and brain respond to trauma in addition to strategies to help individuals and groups cope. The speaker will also discuss ways to advocate for social justice and break down barriers to treatment.”

The event will not be live streamed. It will instead be filmed and placed on the Moraine Valley Library YouTube page.

Shizas encourages everyone to attend the event.

“I don’t think you need to have any background info to be able to attend,” Shizas said. “I don’t think you have to be a minority to be able to attend.”