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Th e General Wel f are: LET'S TALK ABOUT R A C E By Rita Casper In t h is m on t h?s Th e Gen er al Welf ar e colu m n , Nu r se Casper t u r n s over t h e r ein s t o dau gh t er an d Com m u n it y En gagem en t Specialist Cou r t n ey Casper . Cou r t n ey is a Residen t ial Cou n selor f or t he Nor t h east er n Fam ily In st it u t e of Ver m on t , a M u lt icu lt u r al You t h Pr ogr am Coor din at or , an d a People of Color Cau cu s Facilit at or f or Black Lives M at t er . Cou r t n ey is passion at e abou t t he ever -in cr easin g visibilit y of People of Color an d t h e com plexit ies of t h eir cu lt u r es in t h e m en t al h ealt h sph er e. Sh e seek s t o en r ich r apidly diver sif yin g com m u n it ies by en gen der in g social an d syst em ic dialogu e t h r ou gh t r eat m en t w or k , t r ain in g, com m u n it y even t s, an d social m edia. Cou r t n ey cam e t o An dover r ecen t ly t o edu cat e ou r n u r ses, social w or k er s an d cou n selor s on t h e su bject s of im plicit bias an d r acial t r au m a. Her pr esen t at ion w as t h ou gh t -pr ovok in g an d ver y w ell r eceived. Th e su bject m at t er en abled ou r st af f t o develop a m u ch deeper u n der st an din g of t h e f act or s t h at can lead t o r acial t r au m a an d r aised ou r aw ar en ess of ou r ow n biases. Topics su ch as su bju gat ed self vs. pr ivileged self , r acial discr im in at ion , ph ysical im pact of t r au m a, w h it e pr ivilege an d w h it e gu ilt w er e addr essed. As a r esu lt w e ar e m or e sen sit ive t o ou r st u den t s? exper ien ces an d n eeds. Th e in f or m at ive pr esen t at ion cr eat ed a f ou n dat ion of u n der st an din g w e m u st con t in u e t o bu ild u pon , an d w e look f or w ar d t o w or k in g t oget h er in cr eat in g a m or e cu lt u r ally sen sit ive or gan izat ion .