To repair the harm spawned from anti-Black & institutional racism, restore humanity, and truly come together to know one another, United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²) seeks to develop a collective body of research, analysis, and resources that will influence educational policies and practices, advocate for the empowerment of children, adolescents, youth and their families, and inspire compassionate P-16 educators, including school counselors, social workers, and psychologists to evolve into leaders who are capable of helping students overcome racial trauma within educational institutions throughout the United States.
It is our aspiration that by planting seeds, one-day trees will grow in abundance, and the struggle for equity in African American/Black, African, Black Caribbean, Afro[African]-Asian, and Afro[African]-LatinX communities will cease to exist as our children and youth, healed from intergenerational trauma, will emerge into powerful agents of change, transforming our nation and ultimately, our world.
While we know RBF lingers in Higher Education, we must recognize how Anti-Blackness and Racial Battle Fatigue festers in P-12 Schools as a result of suspensions, school policing, biased teaching practices, lack of school counselors, social workers and inequitable leadership at all levels of education. We must do better now.
Building from research that includes Dr. Arnetha F. Ball's Model of Generative Change, we must begin to evolve into educators who are reflective of our purpose and mindful of our actions in teaching children and youth in schools today. It is time for racial reckoning and healing. We need solutions that include caring counselors who are capable of creating inclusive learning environments for our people.
USB² wants to hear from you! Whether you are a student, parent, educator, counselor, administrator, faculty member, or support staff who is of African descent, share your racially traumatic experiences in schools with our research team today. Keywords: eradicating anti-Black racism in p-16 schools Institutional Racism in P-16 Schools racial battle fatigue
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