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Katrina Hasan-Hamilton

NAACP San Diego Branch
Education Chair, NAACP San Diego Branch; Founder of United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²); Doctoral Student, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Katrina Hasan-Hamilton is an educator and journalist with over 20 years of wide-ranging experience, including teaching preschool through higher education, working in educational sales, and writing culturally empowering editorials and children’s stories. Hailing from Inglewood, California, and growing up in the Sister Clara Muhammad School System as a young child. Katrina’s critical research interests revolve around implementing effective strategies to heal Black children, families, and educators from racial trauma experienced in American public, private and charter schools.

With a focus on eliminating institutional racism and increasing awareness of African history -inclusive of Islamic history - prior to slavery and colonialism in schools, Katrina is completing her doctorate in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Diversity and Equity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently, Katrina lives in San Diego with her family and is the the Education Chair for the NAACP San Diego Branch. She is also the Founder of United Shades of Black and Brown (USB²), an organization focused on eradicating anti-Black Racism and addressing School-Based Racial Battle Fatigue in Pre-K through 12 schools. Katrina recently served on the CA HI State Education Committee and reports on education issues for the Muslim Journal and occasionally for the NNPA Black Press Let it Be Known Podcast. She looks forward to creating partnerships and supportive environments where all people, in particular, African American children will feel represented, safe, and valued - in other words, where Black students will feel a secure sense of belonging in their communities and within humanity.

Workshop Title: School-Based Racial Battle Fatigue and Trauma in the Lives of Black Students in TK-12th Grade Schools

Abstract: Institutional racism, specifically Anti-Blackness, incubates in U. S. schools and produces Racial Battle Fatigue and, depending on the severity of experience, race-based traumatic stress and trauma in the lives of TK - 12th grade Black students. Interestingly, the impact RBF and RBST has on African American youth’s mental health, well-being and overall academic success is often overlooked. Therefore, the author proposes we recognize the phenomenon she describes as School-Based Racial Battle Fatigue a form of RBF that links the racially traumatic school experiences of Black students to the current and historical racial bias of educators.prompting an urgency to diversify the teacher workforce and call for teacher education programs to require coursework in African Diaspora Studies before teaching Black youth in schools.