Friday, November 10, 2017
Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success: Equity-Based Counternarratives of Power, Strength, and Hope
Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects students, amplifying feelings of incompatibility/ inability to succeed. Stereotype threat, invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005) leave students besieged with messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how IT decreases when valuing, not abrogating, student narratives. Researchers will examine and analyze the narratives of 54 students who participates in the Saint Mary’s College of California High Potential Program Narrative Project to extract how student’s experiences impact their academic and psychosocial success.