March 17, 2017
Intergenerational Trauma and College Student Success
Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects college students amplifying feelings of incompatibility, incapacity, and inability to succeed. Stereotype threat (Steele, 2010), invalidation (Rendón, 2009), or effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005), leave students besieged by messages of inadequacy. Strengths-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how IT decreases if student narratives are valued. Tying this pedagogy to learning leads to healing and success.