The MassBay View

Trauma and resilience in the college classroom

Posted by Jeanie Tietjen on Sep 16, 2014 4:01:00 PM

By Jeanie Tietjen, Assistant Professor of English at MassBay

on September 15, 2014 

In the wake of Ferguson’s delayed start to the school year in response to the shooting of Michael Brown, National Journal reporter Janell Ross reached out to educators around the country—including the Center for Trauma & Learning in Post-Secondary Education (CTLPSE) at MassBay---regarding the impact of trauma on academics. Referred to me by the Trauma & Learning Policy Institute (TLPI), Ross and I discussed some of the relationship between violence and learning we see in post-secondary classrooms.  Ferguson schools’ delayed opening offers an explicit example of less well-recognized reactions to violence we see in our classrooms every day.  In describing student reactions to a campus safety officer in our classroom, I hoped to illustrate how community issues—such as students’ diverse experiences with policing—are not separate from teaching and learning.  Campus and community issues do not exist distinct from one other, but mutually inform conditions and goals of both.

More specifically, Ross and I discussed how trauma and violence in private and community life clearly impact post-secondary issues such as persistence, retention, and completion.  At MassBay, we are impressed by the tremendous resilience our students demonstrate: some of them have served in combat, survived domestic violence, political violence, or profound economic displacement. 

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Topics: community colleges, trauma

Demystifying Community Colleges for Massachusetts Residents

Posted by Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Ph.D. on Sep 15, 2014 5:10:00 PM

This is a re-post of a blog post Originally Posted on
Community College Life: Reflections of an Equity-Driven Working Mom on September 7, 2014 by Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Ph.D. 
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Yves Salomon-Fernandes, Ph.D, blog author  

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Topics: community colleges, transfer

3 Dynamic STEM Programs Offered This Summer at MassBay

Posted by Jeremy Solomon on Jun 4, 2014 11:29:02 AM

Affordable STEM instruction now available in Wellesley Hills

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Topics: stem

MassBay Local Scholars Receive Academic Honors at Commencement 2014

Posted by Jeremy Solomon on May 30, 2014 10:03:00 AM

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Topics: Academic Honors

Mile of Hope: The Dan Cummings Story

Posted by Jeremy Solomon on Apr 18, 2014 5:12:00 PM

MassBay proudly recognizes Dan Cummings, who attended MassBay and has persevered through personal hardship inspiring us all.

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Topics: alumni, disabilities

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