12 Apr 2016

Cultural Impact Conference 2017

Resiliency and Healing in the Aftermath of Violence in Marginalized Communities

Violence in marginalized communities is a byproduct of structural racism with historical and present-day harmful repercussions. Institutional racism includes policies and structures that deprive certain individuals within a society equal opportunity to social, economic and political advantages. It is reflected in disparities regarding criminal justice, employment,housing, health care, political power and education.  Consequently, marginalized communities fraught with violence are created and sustained.  The witnessing, victimization and exposure to racism and violence for individuals residing in marginalized communities may lead to detrimental long lasting psychological effects (APA, 2014). As engaged members of our community, we have an obligation and responsibility to address the cycle of violence and promote resiliency and healing.

The conference will explore how various systems (e.g. mental health providers, community 
advocates, business and legislative leaders, educators and students) can work together to help promote individual and community empowerment through their efforts towards social justice.

Objectives:

  • Explore individual, community and social interventions to promote resiliency and healing from violence in marginalized communities
  • Apply innovative research and theories in practice for positive change in communities
  • Form interprofessional  alliances to engage in systemic and sustainable change
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