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Understanding African American Trauma

Gerald Fonville, a UMass scholar in African American and environmental child trauma, discussed racial socialization as a technique to rebuild “lost” connections and as a mechanism to increase resilience to environmental trauma. His research explores the unique mechanisms of African American traumatization as well as individuals’ methods of healing. 

 

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Meet-up in Amherst – October 2022

Mainus Sultan and Hollyn Green returned to Amherst to visit what they feel is their true home. They are visiting some of their CIE friends who live in the area and dropped by Montague House to catch up with DRE.

 

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CIE Establishes an Afghan Women Refugee Group in Amherst

CIE in partnership with Catholic Charities, and Focusing Initiatives International, has established a support group for recent Afghan women refugees in Western Massachusetts.

 

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Majid Khan returns to CIE as a Visiting Scholar

After 13 years Majid Khan (M.Ed. 2003; Doctorate 2009) has returned to CIE as a Visiting Scholar for the 2022/23 academic year. He will be working with the CIE Director, Ian Barron, on issues related to abuse prevention and trauma recovery in Pakistan.

 

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Meet-up in Penang, Malaysia - August 2022

Sushan Acharya and Sumera Ahsan met in Penang, Malaysia for the mid-term review of a large, multinational project in which both are involved.

 

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Meet-up of CIE folks in Amherst – July 2022

In what is becoming an annual event, Frank McNerney visited Amherst in July of 2022 where several local CIE folks joined him for breakfast at Kelly’s.

 

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Trauma Informed Global Resilience (TIGR) seminar series

Beginning in the spring of 2021, CIE in collaboration with the Educator Preparation Office of the College of Education began a series of virtual seminars focusing on trauma exposure and recovery in crisis and conflict education settings. The seminars seek to bear witness to children and families in diverse contexts of trauma exposure and to inform education and intervention for healing and recovery. 

 

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CIE Degrees Earned in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

This year UMass returned to in-person graduation ceremonies.  The graduate commencement honored graduates from both the 2019-20 and 2021-22 years since there was no ceremony in spring of 2020.  As a result there were a much larger number of graduates – so many that the ceremony was held in the football stadium.  There were more than 1,000 Master’s graduates in attendance!

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Meet-up in South Carolina - May 2022

After nearly 25 years since their CIE days, David McCurry, Bonnie Mullinix, Rob and Toon Fuderich and Jane Benbow gathered on Mother's Day weekend (May 6-8, 2022) in Beaufort, South Carolina.

 

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CIE @ CIES 2022 – in Person and in Pajamas

The CIE network was again well represented at the 2022 CIES conference in Minneapolis with nearly 30 CIE/IE graduates, current students and faculty members listed on the program.

 

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