"Race, Adolescence and Trauma" Webinar - After Action Report - And More Action Ahead!
Resources and Additional Recording Viewing Options
Several months ago, PACG’s Board of Directors member, Loxi Hopkins, attended an online conference where she had the opportunity to hear an amazing presentation on “Race, Adolescence, and Trauma” by Professor Kristin Henning of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Loxi was so inspired by this presentation, that she suggested at our next Board meeting that we should sponsor a webinar for our Quad City community. She knew that this could be useful as a tool to bring greater understanding and future action for those of us working locally for marginalized children.
We reached out to other local organizations, and soon Juvenile Justice Coalition of the QCA, Davenport NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizen) Council 10, One Human Family QCA, UUCQC (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities) agreed to cosponsor a free webinar with PACG. As a group, we wanted a balance of citizens, as well as educators, law enforcement, local elected officials, and social service agencies in attendance.
After months of planning, we were proud to offer a 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, June 22nd. The “Race, Adolescence, and Trauma” Zoom webinar was attended by almost 200 people (132 devices logged in, but we know that many of them involved groups of people watching together). After the presentation, Professor Henning answered some of the many questions submitted by the attendees.
If you were fortunate enough to attend the webinar, we know that you found that the information and ideas were presented clearly and logically, and in an engaging manner. Professor Henning touched upon ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments); perceptional and reactional differences of youth of color; analysis of national and local communities regarding disparities in responses (suspensions/detentions/law enforcement response) to infractions by youth of color, and much more. Her facts were supported by dedicated research and numerous studies; and shared resources with us. She also suggested some logical solutions to shrinking the chasm between treatment of white and minority youth.
PACG and the other sponsoring organizations have received many emails and phone calls praising the quality of the webinar. We are excited to begin to work in coalition to implement the things we learned.
If you were unable to attend, there are now several opportunities for you to watch a recording to benefit from Professor Henning’s research and presentation.
A webinar rebroadcast will be Thursday, July 1st at 7:00 pm via Zoom. PACG will host this meeting, with Michael Guster of Davenport NAACP as moderator. Registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcuCtqzstGtd82C2FNk7fLsVWlUdmKWBQ We encourage you to share information about this rebroadcast with friends, colleagues, and professionals who interact with youth, especially youth of color.
Due to the incredible generosity of Professor Henning, we are now able to also offer an online recording of the webinar for a very short period of time. Registration for viewing this copyrighted video can be made here: https://pacg.z2systems.com/np/clients/pacg/eventRegistration.jsp?event=511& You may share this registration link with others who may benefit from viewing. Note: this video is no longer available for viewing, per our agreement with Prof. Henning.
Those who attended the webinar, the rebroadcast or have watched the recording are invited to join us for the follow-up discussion on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 pm at
Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities (2930 West Locust St, Davenport, IA 52804 map).
This will be an in-person event, but we are exploring having a Zoom component for those who are unable to attend at the church. The problem with hybrid meetings is that it’s difficult to communicate as a whole. We are looking into this option and hope to have a solution for any potential problems.
Professor Henning has given us permission to share not only her suggested resources, but also a pdf of the PowerPoint she showed in the webinar. All links are available below.
The book The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, written by Professor Henning, will be published in late September of this year. All of the resources mentioned here and in the webinar can be found there. You may pre-order it now wherever you get your books, or plan to get a copy at the local library.
PACG is proud to have been part of the group that brought Professor Henning to our community. Additionally, we are proud to have Board members who recognize a good presentation when they see one, and are willing to work hard to bring the work to us in the Quad Cities. We continue to strive for a community that promotes the common good.
And I we would like to add that, although this blog post has been added as an After Action Report to our Weekly Email Update and PACG website, there is still a lot of work to be done. Let’s get busy!
Julie Ross, PACG Office Manager
and Jeannie Price, PACG Webmaster
Resource links from the webinar:
Seeing What’s Underneath: A Resource for Understanding Behavior and Using Language in Juvenile Court
Pair of ACEs Tree
Blueprint: Evidence-Based Programs That Work With Youth
Research Showing That Schools Rely on “Cops and No Counselors”
Iowa Department of Human Rights highlights racial disparities in their 2020 Racial Disparities Report
Scott County Detention Data
Annie E. Casey Alternatives to Detention