Networking 1: Self-Care/Mental Health: Trauma Related to Race
Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris, Clinical Psychologist/CEO, CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC
Experiences of racism are part of the historical and contemporary life of Women of Color in business. Encounters with racism occur whether one is a C-Suite executive or CEO-entrepreneur. These include the daily microaggressions that perpetually chip away at our humanity and traumatic experiences of racism that trigger feelings of humiliation, anxiety, depression, helplessness, rage and more. Moreover, the health consequences of living in a society where systemic racism is the norm are many: chronic stress, high blood pressure, higher susceptibility to illness, early aging and even high mortality rates. Yet Women of Color are often socialized to “be strong”, to minimize the effects of racial trauma and to focus on upward mobility. Many do not have safe spaces in their professional life to process and heal from these events. In this session, Dr. Harris will facilitate a space for participants to 1) bear witness to one another’s experiences of racial trauma, 2) learn ways to reduce traumatic stress reactions using mindfulness practice and 3) identify allies for anti-racism advocacy in business practice.