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A Better Normal, Tuesday, June 9th at Noon PDT: Racial Trauma & How to be Anti-Racist


Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision the future as trauma-informed.

Protests and riots across the country--and even worldwide--are making it impossible to ignore the racial trauma of police brutality and historical trauma embedded within our society.  Many of us are grappling with complex feelings of helplessness and righteous anger.  In response to this pandemic of racism in America, "A Better Normal" will hold space for an authentic discussion concerning the recent racially charged murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Please join for a discussion with Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed (moderator of ACEs & African Americans) and Dana Brown (moderator of Native Americans) on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at Noon PDT // 3:00 PM EDT, moderated by Alison Cebulla, ACEs Connection Community Facilitator for the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic.

Our current capacity is 100 participants, so please join us on time and we will enter people until we reach capacity. These will be recorded and available on the ACEsConnection website and YouTube channel.  

>>Click here to register<<

Ingrid Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in Child Studies. Her expertise lies in public speaking, professional development, group facilitation, community education, collective impact and intensive family counseling. Her research areas are African American parenting styles, ACEs science, historical trauma and its intergenerational transmission, brain development, developmental psychology and epigenetics. In addition to her work with ACEs Connection, Ingrid is an adjunct professor specializing in African American and Developmental psychology at Tennessee State University and chair of the Parent & Community Education Committee for ACE Nashville. She serves as an advisor on both the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s Community Engaged Research Core Advisory Council and the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center’s Advisory Board. Ingrid’s affiliations also include Metro Nashville’s Public Schools, the Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services, the State Office of Child Safety, Meharry Medical, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute & Special Education Dept., and Youth Villages, Inc.   

Dana Brown joined ACEs Connection in March 2013 as the volunteer community manager of San Diego County ACEs Connection. She joined the ACEs Connection staff in September 2015. As organizational liaison, Dana has the opportunity to support organizations, ACEs Connection members and staff behind the scenes, and is community facilitator for ACEs in Criminal Justice System, ACEs in Foster Care, ACEs in Youth Justice, ACEs in Youth Services, and Native Americans communities. Learning about ACEs in 2006 from Dr. Dawn Griffin at Alliant International University, Dana was immediately struck with the power of hope and healing. She sensed then that ACEs has the power to transform systems as well as healing modalities. Now, with ACEs science leading the healing pathways, we have opportunities to heal humanity and transform our world. Dana is weaving relationships, building trust, deepening collaborations with cross-sector and community leaders. Those opportunities include being a global mentor of Somali youth in five continents advocating on behalf of the refugee camps in Ogaden, Somalia; mentoring inner-city families through the San Diego Compassion Project when their loved ones are murdered; and being on the Southern California Warrior Spirit team with indigenous communities.

Topics we will discuss:

  • The Historical & Collective Trauma of Racism in America

  • Racial Identity Development

  • Implicit Bias & Structural Racism

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Healing Racial Trauma

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