Event to explore perspectives on Black mental health

An upcoming panel will explore mental health challenges and opportunities facing the Black diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Perspectives on Black Mental Health is hosted by Brock’s Anti-Racism, and Anti-Ableism and Mental Health committees. All members of the Brock community are welcome to join virtually Thursday, April 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.

At the event, participants will hear from Krim Lacey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; Kay Williams, a licensed clinical social worker with diverse Canada/U.S. clinical experience; and Kattawe Henry (BA ’16), an anti-racism educator and Brock alumna.

The panelists will discuss comparative health and mental health research spanning Black populations in Canada, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the U.K. They will deliver insight into systemic anti-Black racism and its impact on Black communities. Strategies for resilience-building and creating environments that foster Black joy and flourishing will also be emphasized.

The discussion will be facilitated and moderated by Maureen Connolly, Brock Professor of Kinesiology and Chair of the Anti-Ableism and Mental Health Committee of the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization.

Attendees will receive Campus-Wide Co-Curricular credit in either the Diversity and Inclusion or Health and Wellness domain.

All students who attend the session will also be entered into a draw to win one of five $20 gift cards to Black-owned local businesses. 

To learn more and RSVP, visit ExperienceBU.

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