Racial, Gender & Childhood Trauma as Disability Justice Imperatives



Trauma, grounded in racial vulnerability, gender violence, child abuse and neglect, and economic insecurity, creates powerful and long-term harms that shape the lives of college-age students, before and during their higher educational immersion. Many of these harms are ultimately disabling, as exposure to violence and deprivation generate clinical depression, sleep disruption, post-traumatic stress disorder, and “co-morbid” or co-occurring conditions like digestive and respiratory illnesses, or reduced immunity and resiliency. When campuses fail to recognize, comprehend, or respond constructively to students living with disabling forms of trauma, related outcomes include depressed academic achievement, increased time-to-degree, reduced time to degree, and reduced life chances. Grounding campus culture and student services in disability justice frameworks engenders the possibility of a much more equitable, humane, and productive relationship to student success and life preparation.

Featuring Beth Ribet, JD, PhD, Lecturer of Disability Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of Repair, a health and disability justice organization based in Los Angeles.

Moderated by Kaaryn Gustafson, JD, PhD, Professor of Law, Director of the Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEAR), and Associate Dean of Academic Community Engagement at the University of California, Irvine.

Presented by the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) School-Based Council for the School of Social Sciences.

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