The Institute was founded in 2000 at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts associated with race and culture in theory and research, mental health practice, education, business, and society at large. Each year the Institute addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference.
2022 Diversity Challenge
Considering Racial Trauma: Strategies for Healing & Empowerment
November 11 & 12, 2022
Online via Zoom
The 2022 Diversity Challenge will focus on strategies and interventions designed to facilitate healing from racial trauma and will address racial trauma from multiple perspectives. Presentations will focus on multigenerational trauma, healing through storytelling, utilization of research as a tool for empowerment and liberation, understanding the effects of racial trauma on academic performance, and surviving and thriving in the midst of ongoing racially traumatic experiences. The conference is thrilled to welcome nationally recognized experts sharing their perspectives, insights, and research, and we look forward to hearing from graduate students during the poster presentation session. Events over the past years have highlighted the ongoing and urgent need to address the harmful effects of racism and to be more vigilant in our efforts focused on both intervening and preventing the traumatic effects of race and racism. We look forward to you joining us in this important work of healing and hope the conference will provide a source of knowledge, reinvigoration, and empowerment.
Fall 2022 Schedule
Speakers & Presenters
Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D
Research Professor and Director of Community Based Education Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University
“As a result of attending the conference, my thinking about the ways gender, race and ethnic identity develop among women and girls and its psychological outcomes has deepened in complexity and understanding.”