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Join Us for “Trauma is An Invisible Backpack” with Karen Gross!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, NJ. January 19, 2021— We live in a world filled with trauma caused by a myriad of events; this can range from the COVID-19 pandemic to racial and ethnic discrimination to natural disasters to economic and political upheavals and family dysfunction. Partnering with Karen Gross, an advisor and consultant to non-profit schools, organizations, and governments, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice (Proctor Institute) is proud to present “Trauma is An Invisible Backpack: How That Backpack Affects Students, Educators, and Communities.” 

This webinar will take place on January 26, 2021 at 1 PM EST and will focus on understanding the role and impact of trauma and its symptoms on our educational system. The session will provide concrete, usable, replicable, and scalable strategies for ameliorating symptoms of trauma in educational settings.

“We know that trauma impacts learning and the psychosocial development of students of all ages and stages. We know too that educators are impacted by primary, secondary, and vicarious trauma. We strongly suspect there is an intergenerational transmission of trauma. Despite its omnipresence, we often do not recognize trauma and even when we do see it, we are unaware of the many strategies that can be employed to ameliorate its acute and deferred impacts,” noted Karen Gross, keynote speaker of the event.

Karen Gross focuses on strategies for vulnerable student success across the K-20 pipeline. A frequent author, speaker and commentator on issues in education, she is the author of the recently published award-winning book, Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door, which addresses the omnipresence of trauma in the students of today and tomorrow. Attendees will receive a discount code for purchase.

Following the event, there will also be an opportunity to meet Karen and ask questions about her recent work. This ‘Meet and Greet’ will take place at 3 PM EST on January 26, 2021. Space is limited.

Register to attend both the event and the ‘Meet and Greet’ here.

About the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice 

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice (Proctor Institute) is a national center that focuses on issues of leadership, equity, and justice within the context of higher education. It brings together researchers, practitioners and community members to work toward the common goals of diversifying leadership, enhancing equity, and fostering justice for all. The Proctor Institute is located at Rutgers University—New Brunswick, in the Graduate School of Education and houses the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). Learn more at

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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