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  Tameka Grimes: Exploring Racial Trauma in Rural Educational Spaces  

The Center for Humanities presents a series of talks by faculty research associates who will discuss their work. Please join the webinar on Thursday, 11/8 at 2pm for "Exploring Racial Trauma in Rural Educational Spaces".

School systems have often been spaces in which students of color have been marginalized through disciplinary practices, lack of access to gifted classes, and placement in special education services. These practices serve as examples of institutional racism and can trigger traumatic experiences for students of color. Research demonstrates that these experiences, both individually and collectively, result in a variety of negative educational outcomes for students of color, including anxiety, depression, and a limited sense of belonging.

Though racial trauma is a topic that is gaining attention, there is a paucity of research regarding racial trauma in rural educational spaces. This presentation will examine the intersection of rurality and racial trauma in K-12 settings, and explore the ways in which professional school counselors and other education professionals can address the impacts of racial trauma in rural educational spaces.

Tameka O. Grimes is an assistant professor of Counselor of Education at Virginia Tech. She is a former middle school teacher, high school counselor, and school counseling coordinator, and has worked in schools in rural, urban, and suburban districts. She conducts research and writes about professional identity construction practicing school counselors, with a specific focus on school counselors in rural communities; school counselor trainees' clinical training; and, most recently, the role of school counselors in addressing racial trauma. Through her service work, Grimes works with school counselors in Southwest Virginia to support them in developing comprehensive school counseling programs and implementing evidence-based practices. Grimes has presented at local, national, and international conferences, and has been published in journals both inside and outside of the counseling field.

Dr. Grimes will be discussing her work with Sylvester Johnson, director of the Center for Humanities. Please join us for this engaging talk. This talk is free and open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. There will be a brief Q and A following the event. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Center for Humanities at 540.231.1981 or email at least 10 business days prior to the event.
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Location: Online
Price: Free
Sponsor: Center for Humanities
Contact: Dominique Francesca
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