Episode #6: “ON THE YARD”: HBCU Student Activism + The Mental Health of The Trayvon Martin Generation

For this live-streamed ON THE YARD event, Lezli Levene Harvell and her co-host Zuri Levene Harvell Spelman College ‘21, explore the emotional toll of activism with Zion Gates Norris ‘21, SGA Vice President of Florida Memorial University as well as Nupol Kiazolu, President of Black Lives Matter-Greater NY, Hampton University ‘22. They are joined by Atlanta based psychotherapist, Dr. Thomas Vance who is trained in addressing the emotional well being of those with multiple stigmatized identities. The five of them explore a non-Eurocentric lens of mental health, defining racial trauma, Black GenZ not having to code-switch in therapy, what culturally responsive mental health care should feel like, and what intentional self-care looks like.

Relevant and Recommended Reads:

Dr. Vance’s Recommendations

Four Tips for Protecting Your Emotional Well-Being

  1. Intentional Self-Care

  2. Saying No / Creating Boundaries

  3. Staying Informed

  4. Finding A Space To Talk

Find A Black Therapist

Podcast Team = Lezli Levene Harvell (Host & Executive Producer) / Zuri Levene Harvell (Co-Host) / Justin Bates (Sound Engineer)

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