OCTOBER 13, 2017
BY: BRIAN SALES, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, MENTOR: THE NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP
“When people are threatened in a racial moment, they are overwhelmed and unable to access their own abilities, their own competencies and are unable to access the very things we think of what involves teaching and policing our society.”
This past August, I had the very good fortune of attending a three-day Racial Empower Collaborative (REC) workshop led by Dr. Howard C. Stevenson the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stevenson is the author of several books including, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Difference That Makes a Difference; and PLAAY: Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression in Youth. His research publications and clinical work involve developing culturally relevant "in-the-moment" strengths-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy skills to families and youth. Dr. Stevenson was joined by two of his post-doctoral students, Kelsey Jones, Ph.D. and Jason Javier-Watson, Ed.D. co-led the training. There were ten participants, mostly K-12 educators primarily from the Philadelphia area and others from New Jersey and New England including two licensed social workers from New Orleans, LA.