Why a Trauma-Informed Organizational Approach Is Critical to the Needs of BIPOC Women

It’s Black History Month, and all around us are examples of the accomplishments and achievements of Black women from the past and present. Yet, what strikes me is that inside of organizations, what is largely missing from the conversation around Black excellence is how to support these women and how to co-create a better, more sustainable future for them.

As a white-passing Hispanic woman, I cannot grasp the experience of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). As a researcher and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) professional, I can offer an overview of some of the many current challenges BIPOC women face, primarily through the lens of trauma and healing.

In my teaching practice, I often define trauma as “too much, too soon, too fast.” I’m also aware that this doesn’t necessarily map to evolving definitions of trauma today. To understand what BIPOC women are going through, we have to understand what trauma is from both a psychological and sociological perspective.

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