Thoughts by: Danielle Smith
As the First-Year Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Learning, Danielle Smith works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to design and implement community engagement opportunities for first-year students. An educator for more than a decade, her work in higher education focuses on first-year students and students in transition, including teaching first-year seminars focused on engaged and transformative learning.
Intergenerational trauma; survivors of trauma who engage in the act of dissociation; while dissociation is typically viewed as a negative impact of trauma, this story reframes that dissociation as a gift, allowing survivors to join together in community and survival on planet that has been devastated by human impact.
The #MeToo movement is just one example of survivors of trauma joining together to bring awareness and form a community around topics that are often left unspoken. What are some other examples of survivors telling their stories? What mediums do they use? How are these messages received and understood? Have these movements sparked real social change?
- “Octavia’s Brood” (Walidah Imarisha’s YouTube playlist, including commentary and interviews from the editors and various authors)
- Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change
- Genealogies of Trauma: The Inheritance Of Hysteria (p. 119-122)