WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Office of Diversity and Equity

What is Racial Trauma? Information and Resources

What is Racial Trauma?

Racial trauma is the term used to describe the emotional and physical reaction that People of Color often have to acts of racism.  People of Color may react to acts of racism with fear and hypervigilance, headaches, insomnia, body aches, memory difficulty, self-blame, confusion, shame, and guilt after experiencing racism. The more often you experience acts of racism, the more profound these symptoms can be.


Why is important to learn about racial trauma?

The power of acknowledgment and validation.  As a WCSU colleague and/or student of color, you may find yourself having a very difficult time feeling calm, feeling safe, feeling empowered when you are reminded of the racial injustices in our world. Knowing that you are not alone and that this reaction is warranted and normal can help. There is not “right” way of processing or reacting to racial trauma. But, the first step is learning about it.


What related resources can I find on this webpage?

You will find many resources to help validate the experience racial trauma, learn about intergenerational trauma and the potential impact of repeated experiences of racism. You will also find resources that will help you feel calm, feel empowered and feel safe despite the consistent reminders of racial injustice. The WCSU Office of Counseling Services is here to offer continual support with hopes that you find this list helpful.

As always, if you would like to meet with a counselor to talk more about racial trauma or feel triggered by any of these resources please contact the WCSU Office of Counseling Services at by email: https://www.wcsu.edu/counseling/ or by phone: (203) 837-8690 to provide additional support through counseling.


Pre-recorded Videos, webinars and training information on racial trauma and healing​ 

Racial Trauma Intro: https://vimeo.com/286601676 

What is Racial Trauma: https://vimeo.com/286616454

African American Mental Health Facts & Info: https://vimeo.com/286601688

Key Community and Self Care Strategies: https://vimeo.com/286601334

Guided Meditation on Racial Healing and Empowerment: https://vimeo.com/287515944


Coping with Racism and Racial Trauma – Part I (Recorded on June 16, 2020)

University of Maryland Medical System

Webinar: https://youtu.be/-3FNnlQBARo

Slideshow: https://www.umms.org/-/media/files/umms/covid-19/messages-to-community/not-all-wounds/racial-trauma-part-1.pdf?upd=20200622155201&la=en&hash=1D89B84C955F854296D96FE563A8B38367845941

Coping with Racism and Racial Trauma – Part II (Recorded on June 18, 2020)

University of Maryland Medical System

Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6NaeY0aqmY&feature=youtu.be

Slideshow: https://www.umms.org/-/media/files/umms/covid-19/messages-to-community/not-all-wounds/racial-trauma-part-2.pdf?upd=20200622155211&la=en&hash=BF99AF9EF6484E24D9D25E5B5BFC7687B7E5D501


Upcoming Webinars on Racial Trauma and Healing


UPDATE: More Fall 2021 webinars will be posted when available.