Cypress College Professional Development in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee co-sponsors a special Black History Month event
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (P.T.S.S) is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora.
It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior of whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.
Dr. Joy A. DeGruy is a world renowned writer, speaker, and social scientist with two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical psychology. Her doctorate degree in Social Work research. Throughout her career, she has held numerous workshops and seminars and given lectures about her research focused on the intersection of racism, trauma, and American chattel slavery. Her book Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, shows its readers how the persistence of that intersection suffuses our daily lives. Indeed, Dr. DeGruy travels across the glove to share this message and has held these aforementioned lectures almost everywhere. She has graced her presence, time and thoughts with - Morehouse School of Medicine, Smith College, Stonybrook College, Harvard University, Tulane University, Everett Community College, Fisk University, Oxford University, the Essence Music Festival, and the County of LA department of mental health. She has also done consulting with Oprah Winfrey.