Much of the work we do in The EMPOWER Lab revolves around healing from racial trauma, but what is racial trauma? Racial trauma can result from racial stressors including microaggressions, discrimination, and violence fueled by racial prejudice. Racial trauma can cause both physical and mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, high blood pressure, anger, and hopelessness, and harmful behaviors like withdrawing from prosocial activities, substance use and delinquency. We can cope with and heal from racial trauma through individual and collective actions like peacefully protesting, unplugging from social media, and practicing self-care. Below is our Public Health Messaging Campaign that seeks to educate the community about the harmful effects of racial stressors and spread awareness about ways to cope with our friends, families, and neighbors!
Please Contact us if you would like to display one of our Public Health Messages in yard sign or poster format!
For more information, check out our Racial Trauma Guide.