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Hedda Bolgar Series: The Biopsychosocial Significance of Understanding Racial Battle Fatigue (William Smith, PhD)

  • 8 Oct 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
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Hedda Bolgar Lecture Series

Friday, October 8, 2021

William A. Smith, PhD

(Salt Lake City, Ut)

The Biopsychosocial Significance of  Understanding Racial Battle Fatigue

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation and discussion

About the presentation: This presentation is designed to provide participants with essential information needed to evaluate more effectively and holistically how our society functions differently for racialized people. The critical objection is recognizing how the foundation and history of race and racism reinforce the contemporary social and public health inequalities.

William A. Smith, PhD is a full professor and department chair of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah. He also holds a joint appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program (African American Studies division) as a full professor. In addition, he has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education (2007-2014) and a Special Assistant to the President as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (2007-2013) at the University of Utah. Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach & Kofi Lomotey) of the book, The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002).  The 2nd Revised edition of The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education is scheduled for publication later this year with all-new chapters. In 2018, he received the College of Education’s Faculty Service Award for Outstanding Research & Scholarship. In 2020, Dr. Smith was awarded the Spencer Foundation’s Mentor Award and the University of Utah’sDistinguished Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor Award.

In 2021, Dr. Smith was again awarded one of the University of Utah’s highest honors with the Distinguished Professor Award for Scholarly Research and the Black Faculty & Staff’s highest award, the James McCune Smith Award of Veneration. In addition, in 2011, the 12th District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. awarded him its Omega Man of the Year. In 2021, they awarded him again its Founders Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Living Color Utah honored Dr. Smith with its award in Education for people who have made it their mission to impact the areas of diversity. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on his theoretical contribution of Racial Battle Fatigue: the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects of racial micro-level aggressions and macro-level aggressions (microaggressions and macroaggressions) have on racialized Targets of White Supremacy. He summarizes this definition by saying that it is a systemic race-related repetitive stress injury. Dr. Smith’s work has appeared in such prestigious journals as The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Minority Achievement, Creativity, and Leadership, Spectrum: The Journal of Black Males, and American Behavioral Scientist, to name a few. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University (BA in psychology and MS in counseling psychology). His Ph.D. is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (educational policy studies, sociology/social psychology of higher education).

Learning objectives:

1) Participants will obtain an understanding of the foundation of racial oppression and how it has carried over to modern time.

2) Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of what racial microaggressions are and how they impact Racialized Communities.

3) Participants will learn how events cause biopsychosocial trauma in Racialized Communities which leads to Racial Battle Fatigue.

This is an intermediate level presentation

CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.
Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50
Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by October 7, 2021 at tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

*Bor, J., Venkataramani, A. S., Williams, D. R., & Tsai, A. C. (2018). Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study. The Lancet, 392(10144), 302-310.

Brondolo, E., Hausmann, L. R., Jhalani, J., Pencille, M., Atencio-Bacayon, J., Kumar, A., … & Crupi, R. (2011). Dimensions of perceived racism and self-reported health: examination of racial/ethnic differences and potential mediators. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(1), 14-28. 

*Coogan, P., Schon, K., Li, S., Cozier, Y., Bethea, T., & Rosenberg, L. (2020). Experiences of racism and subjective cognitive function in African American women. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 12(1), e12067.

Desnoyers-Colas, E. F. (2019). Talking loud and saying nothing: Kicking faux ally-ness to the curb by battling racial battle fatigue using White accomplice-ment. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 8(4), 100-105.

Follins, L. D., Walker, J. N. J., & Lewis, M. K. (2014). Resilience in Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals: A critical review of the literature. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 18(2), 190-212. 

Hernández, R. J., & Villodas, M. T. (2019). Overcoming racial battle fatigue: The associations between racial microaggressions, coping, and mental health among Chicana/o and Latina/o college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(3), 399-411. 

Hirschtick J.L., Homan S.M,. Rauscher G., Rubin L.H,. Johnson T.P., Peterson C.E., Persky V.W. (2020). Persistent and aggressive interactions with the police: potential mental health implications. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 29, e19, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1017/ S2045796019000015

Hughes, R., & Giles, M. (2010). CRiT walking in higher education: Activating critical race theory in the academy. Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(1), 41-57.

Keith, V. M., & Herring, C. (1991). Skin tone and stratification in the Black community. American Journal of Sociology, 97(3), 760-778. 

Jaxon, J., Lei, R. F., Shachnai, R., Chestnut, E. K., & Cimpian, A. (2019). The acquisition of gender stereotypes about intellectual ability: Intersections with race. Journal of Social Issues, 75(4), 1192-1215.

Jones, A. (October 12, 2018). Police stops are still marred by racial discrimination, new data shows: So why does Trump continue to endorse stop-and-frisk? Prison Policy Brief.

McConnell, E. A., Janulis, P., Phillips, G. II, Truong, R., & Birkett, M. (2018). Multiple minority stress and LGBT community resilience among sexual minority men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000265

Pierce, C. (1974). Psychiatric problems of the Black minority. American Handbook of Psychiatry, 2, 512–523. 

Smith, W. A. (In Press). The psychosocial antecedents to racial battle fatigue. In K. Lomotey & W. A. Smith (Eds.), The Racial crisis in American higher education: Continuing Dilemmas, Ongoing Setbacks, and New Challenges. New York: SUNY Press. 

*Smith, W. A. (2016). Understanding the corollaries of offensive racial mechanisms, gendered racism, and racial battle fatigue. Center for Critical Race Studies at UCLA Research Brief, 1, 1–4. 

Smith, W. A. (2010). Toward an understanding of misandric microaggressions and racial battle fatigue among African Americans in historically White institutions. In E. M. Zamani-Gallaher & V. C. Polite (Eds.), The state of the African American male (pp. 265-277). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

*Smith, W. A., Mustaffa, J. B., Jones, C., Curry, T. J., & Allen, W. R. (September 2016). ‘You Make Me Wanna Holler and Throw Up Both My Hands!’: Campus Culture, Black Misandric Microaggressions, and Racial Battle Fatigue. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 29(9), 1189-1209.

Smith, W. A., Yosso, Tara. J., & Solórzano, Daniel. G. (2007). Racial Primes and Black Misandry on Historically White Campuses: Toward Critical Race Accountability in Educational Administration. Educational Administration Quarterly, 43(5), 559-585.

Stevenson, H. C. (1998). Managing anger: Protective, proactive, or adaptive racial socialization identity profiles and African-American manhood development. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 16(1-2), 35-61.

Presented by
The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD

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