Racial Battle Fatigue

Please join us as we welcome Dr. William A. Smith (University of Utah), who will discuss his racial battle fatigue framework and its impact on policymakers. Dr. Smith is visiting Ohio State as part of a collaboration between the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE), and the College of Social Work.

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Kirwan Forum: The Impact of Racial Battle Fatigue Among Advocates and Policy Makers

February 23, 2023
12-1:30 p.m.
The Kirwan Institute, room 101 or Zoom

Racial Battle Fatigue: A Conversation on Allyship

February 23, 2023
4-5 p.m.
Stillman Hall 115 or Zoom

Racial equity is everyone’s work! This community conversation offers a critical examination of supportive allyship and identifies strategies to mitigate interpersonal and systemic racial stressors.

Navigating the Impact of Racial Battle Fatigue: Empowering Faculty as Allies and Mentors for Students

February 24, 2023
10-11:15 a.m. (meet and greet 11:15-12:15 p.m.)
RPAC meeting room 3 or Zoom

Racial Battle Fatigue is a concept that describes the negative psychological and emotional impact of racial microaggressions and discrimination on racially minoritized people. This presentation delves into the historical foundations of the concept and offers strategies for addressing it. Faculty will learn how to empower students as allies and mentors and discover ways to support students and improve their academic experience. EHE will also be hosting a meet and greet (11:15-12:15).

Speaker bio:

Dr. William A. Smith is is the Chief Executive Administrator at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) in the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. He is also a full professor and former department chair of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah. He coined the term Racial Battle Fatigue: the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects of racial micro-level and macro-level aggressions (microaggressions and macroaggressions) on racialized Targets of White Supremacy. He summarizes this definition by saying it is a systemic race-related repetitive stress injury.

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