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July 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Should Colleges Be Discussing Current Race Issues In The Classroom?

July 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Black Studies explores the impact of publicized killings of Black men and boys by police shared in social media and viewed by underrepresented college students in the U.S. The study, titled: “The Only Thing New is the Cameras”: A Study of U.S. College Students’ Perceptions of Police Violence on Social Media, found that the majority of college students experienced emotional trauma watching the videos. They shared their fears about being pulled over by police. [More]

December 14, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Remember or Forget: The Conundrum Regarding the Confederacy

December 14, 2018 14:32 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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In the past few years there has been a lot of attention paid to monuments and memorials that honor members of the Confederacy who fought in the Civil War. The basic argument seems to be: A. We must honor our country’s history and maintain and preserve these remembrances of times past. B. The War was fought to ensure the continuance of slavery and, as such, was an abomination. There are no easy answers, and, certainly, no consensus. Is it healthier to learn from the past, to acknowledge that “the past is prologue” (Shakespeare, The Tempest). Or, is it better to start anew and put the past away? [More]

July 18, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Which Neighborhood Do You Choose? Mr Roger's Documentary Seeks to Ask Questions to Our Generation

July 18, 2018 13:15 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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A new documentary premiered recently. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the philosophy and achievements of Mr. (Fred) Rogers. The film has received rave reviews from both critics, and the public in general. It is said that the reminder of a more gentle, accepting outlook on what life and behavior could be is an antidote to the deep recurring anger that has seemed to have taken over many everyday lives. Mr. Rogers’ message is, of course, “It’s you I like”. He proposed a world where individuals listen to, learn from and expand their horizons while airing their differences. [More]

February 13, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Protecting prison inmate mental health is a priority in Canada

February 13, 2018 22:42 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Solitary confinement and mental wellness do not mix. In a groundbreaking move last month, Canada's Supreme Court ruled against the use of solitary confinement. And some states in the U.S. are also examining the negative effects to prisoners' mental health as a result of the practice and are making efforts to reduce inmates' increased levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviors by reducing such isolation. [More]