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July 27th & 28th
Rising Together: An OKCPS Professional Learning Event
BACK TO SCHOOL 2020: MENTAL HEALTH IN THE DUAL
PANDEMICS OF COVID-19 & SYSTEMIC RACISM
Denique Boxhill, MS, MA, APCC
Sitar Mody Scott, MA, AMFT
Taquelia Washington, MS, LCSW, PPS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students, educators, and administrators are experiencing unprecedented impacts from
two concurrent pandemics. COVID-19 and Violence against Black and Brown People
continue to threaten lives, safety, health, jobs, family structure, and communities. While
the pandemics are experienced differently and with differential impact across race,
everyone is indeed affected.

In this 3-session series, you will explore the intersection of systemic racism, mental
health, developmental psychology, and student behaviors—all within the context of
dual pandemics of a new infectious disease and centuries-old racialized violence. You
will practice alternative ways of relating to and supporting your students and yourself
through challenges and uncertainty.

➢ Reflect on the parallel experiences from the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and
racism for students and yourselves as educators and administrators
➢ Understand the physiological changes in the body and brain due to acute and
chronic stress
➢ Understand behavior as symptoms of the physiological changes and the
developmental stages of students
➢ Practice alternative ways of engaging that acknowledge the influence of
systemic racism on behavior

AGENDA
MONDAY AFTERNOON
➢ Locate yourself as an educator
➢ Locate yourself in the conversation about COVID-19 and Systemic Racism
➢ Understand the mental health implications of loss, uncertainty, & grief
TUESDAY MORNING
➢ Deepen your understanding of Systemic Racism
➢ Connect the Brain & Body to Behavior and Emotional Expression
➢ Understand the importance of Self-Regulation and Self-Soothing
TUESDAY AFTERNOON
➢ Expand your Toolkit: Critical Dialogue Circle
➢ Bring it all together

PREWORK

Read/watch the following articles and TED Talk. For some participants, this information
may be new, and for others, it may be familiar. In either case, as you read and watch
this information, notice the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that arise for
you. You may want to jot them down.
➢ “What COVID-19 Is Doing to Our Mental Health,” Healthline.com, May 8, 2020
➢ “‘We Are Living in a Racism Pandemic,' Says APA President,” APA.org, May 29,
2020
➢ “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time,” TED Talk by Baratunde
Thurston, 2019
➢ “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh, 1989

Take a moment to respond to the following question to locate yourself within this
information.

➢ I acknowledge that systemic racism exists today.
o Not at all
o A little bit
o Undecided
o Somewhat
o Completely

➢ I understand how systemic racism negatively impacts the mental health and
behavior of individuals.
o Not at all
o A little bit
o Undecided
o Somewhat
o Completely

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Submitted: Apr 23, 2021