Things my father taught me: Tales of power and possibility of community from the Caribbean diaspora Dr. Rochelle Burgess PhD, FRSPH, FYEA
Join us for our May Guest Space, hosted by Rochelle Burgess.
Summary: In this talk, Rochelle Burgess will reflect on her personal and professional experiences and engagement with notions of community. As a community psychologist, her training has focused on the importance of the community as a site and locus for action and social change, particularly within the context of Mental Health improvements. However, it is in her recent engagements and reflections on life in the Caribbean diaspora community and its links to African lineages, that she began to acknowledge the specific opportunities and possibilities that Black praxis and survival have to teach us about the overlooked possibilities of community. Projects of survival (and attempts to thrive) illuminate the ability of a community to re-create place, space, and home as part of making sense of and surviving within harmful social worlds. Using stories from her childhood and her early encounters with Pardna systems (community savings groups with iterations across the African continent) and the community built by first-generation immigrants to Canada as a prism through which the real power of community emerges – in the establishment and preservation of the self, through others.
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