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Taking Responsibility to Create a Trauma and Social Justice–Informed Workforce

Mon, April 12, 11:10am to 12:40pm EDT (11:10am to 12:40pm EDT), Division L, Division L - Section 7 Paper and Symposium Sessions


This conceptual paper describes the efforts of professors from multiple disciplines within a university to address curriculum deficits related to the preparation of graduates working in service fields for their work in high-poverty communities. Faculty members from various programs (Nursing, Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, Social Work, Biomedical, Physician Assistants, Criminal Justice, Health Promotion, and General Studies) jointly facilitated a high-impact simulation to ascertain impact on student’s perceptions and personal biases toward disadvantaged community members. The findings are important for facilitating learning (especially in an online learning environment) about the social injustices that can ensue from poverty. The study comes at a time of a pandemic when online learning is at its height, as well as issues with poverty intensifying.