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Open Access Embargo

Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name



Educational Psychology

First Advisor

Erika L. Bocknek


Literature and lived experience have established that schools cause trauma for Black children. And still, most of the research around childhood trauma and trauma-informed educational practice situates trauma as experiences that happen in homes and communities. In the present study, I use critical qualitative inquiry and community-based research to center the voices of eleven Black elementary school students and their parents to investigate schools as a site of trauma. Participants also draw connections between school-based trauma, mental health, coping, and liberatory ways of dreaming about education. Findings relate to instances of school-based trauma, risk, and protective factors, as well as ways to re-imagine the system of schooling.

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