What if Self-Care isn't the Answer?
Self-care has become a buzzword when discussing solutions to the mental health crisis in BIPOC communities. Is self-care enough to mitigate the impact of systemic racism, intergenerational poverty, and historical trauma? Candice will provide insight concerning the need for collective care to heal communities, especially communities struggling with systemic racism and historical trauma.
Trauma Informed Pedagogy
Educator, counselor, and parent Candice Rose Valenzuela, sits down for our Mic Check..1,2,3! round table segment alongside educators Kenjus T. Watson and Jewell Bachelor who puts in conversation the significance of trauma-informed pedagogy and healing centered practices.
Space for Young Black Women: An Interview with Candice Valenzuela
A few years ago, Candice Valenzuela created and facilitated a group for young Black women at Castlemont High School in Oakland, California. She grounded her work in womanist, Black feminist, and critical pedagogy, as well as her own lived experience as a Black multiethnic woman of working-class origins and a history of trauma.
I feel very fortunate to have been coached by Candice for two years while I was a middle school principal. Candice helped me do the mirror work necessary to actualize our vision for equity at the school. I felt very heard and pushed by her coaching, and she helped me develop better praxis around being a leader for equity. Candice is thoughtful, insightful, compassionate, and diligent in her coaching. She is also an excellent facilitator with a deep breath of knowledge and strong skills in emotional intelligence. My practice improved from my time with Candice, and I would recommend her without hesitation.