DWP: From a History of Trauma to a Legacy of Healing

From a History of Trauma to a Legacy of Healing
Both generational and systemic trauma wield an invisible influence over our existence and well-being, helping to shape our identities, our perceptions of reality, and how we navigate the world. In our next installment of Disrupting with Purpose, we will hear from young people about their perspectives on specific factors that can either perpetuate trauma or promote healing, with an emphasis on their sense of resilience, belonging, safety, and overall well-being. The discussion will focus on two domains:
Systemic Factors: We will identify and explore how specific incidents, such as the murders of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and others, have affected young Minnesotans, particularly young people of color, many of whom grew up witnessing these injustices while imagining that it could have been them. We will also address other recent issues as potential stressors, such as the lingering impact of the COVID pandemic and Supreme Court decisions that have stifled certain rights and protections and catalyzed widespread rollbacks in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. How have these circumstances, which are far too commonplace, impacted our youth? How have the systems and structures that are intended to support and protect young people remained accountable for showing up in the community and generating healing? And, in hindsight, how could we have done things better?
Generational and Cultural Factors: Undoubtedly, many of our Indigenous forefathers and ancestors of color have navigated countless societal and personal traumas – including the massacres, chattel slavery, internment camps, lynchings, and other more subtle forms of disenfranchisement. These communities have navigated these circumstances with the utmost resilience as evidenced by the fact that they’re still standing. Even so, these atrocities have left an enduring mark on the psyche of various cultural and ethnic groups. How have the experiences, traditions, and cultural practices of prior generations unwittingly perpetuated trauma for children and young people of color? And on a positive note, how have they instilled a spirit of resiliency in today’s young people, helping them cope and heal?
Through From a History of Trauma to a Legacy of Healing, we’re creating space for young people to openly share the various forms of trauma that have informed their view of self and community and also catch a glimpse of what individual and collective healing might look like moving forward. While we recognize that healing is not linear and trauma may never be completely resolved, we believe it can be acknowledged, heard with compassion, and even give birth to new visions for a more vibrant, thriving future for young people. Join us on June 4, 2024, as we center young people in a discussion that looks beyond the symptoms of trauma in our youth and community and charts a course toward improving their well-being.
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