Click here to see photos from the May 25th, 2017 Be the Healing Training at the South Shore Cultural Center
Be the Healing
On October 4, 2016 approximately 160 community leaders and change makers in Chicago were trained by internationally renowned researcher, educator and author Dr. Joy DeGruy. (9:30AM – 5PM, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3300 S. Federal St. Hermann Hall, Ballroom)
Be the Healing was a training and planning session that breaks down the mental health aspect of communities suffering violence, the structural inequities that keep the cycle going and, most importantly, the restorative methods that can reduce the bloodshed in Chicago and elsewhere. Participants worked together to create a cross-sector community plan that promotes unity, equity, and equality in communities most severely afflicted by crime and violence. Guests were leaders who could amplify the work from their respective fields, including education, law enforcement, health care, faith, business, politics, community organizing, youth organizing, out-of-school time providers, communications, philanthropy, parents, youth, and nominated residents.
Dr. Joy DeGruy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Her seminars have been lauded as among the most dynamic, inspirational and solution-oriented of those currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. Her training and expertise guides participants to their own blueprint for action for more success in their work to end the epidemics of violence and poverty driven by the racially disproportionate disconnection of African Americans from resources that build equity and security.
“There has never been a more critical time than now for those of us working on behalf of children, individuals and communities that are surrounded by despair and violence and hopelessness. I hope to help rebuild the villages and create a space where our children can thrive, are safe, feel valued and mature and to insure the institutions that have been put in place to support and protect them are held accountable for that responsibility. I hope to provide tools, information, and skills, that can facilitate a greatly needed change for restoration of community.” -Dr. Joy DeGruy
The initial training was co-hosted by Health for Humanity, Bright Star Community Outreach, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Chicago Police Department, with support from Bronzeville Community Action Council, Chicago Baha'i Community, Engage Civil Incorporated, and UCAN.
Click here to see photos from the May 25th, 2017 Be the Healing Training at the South Shore Cultural Center.
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