Diversity Convocation

This annual event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs is open to the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University, as well as the general public. 

Every year, the office invites a prominent figure in our world to speak about his or her experiences as a person with a diverse background.


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15th Annual Convocation
October 30, 2013
7:00 pm
Kendall Cram Room, LBC

Deepening Our Understanding of Posttraumatic Slave Syndrome with Joy DeGruy


Joy DeGruy, PhD, holds a doctorate in social work research. She is an assistant professor at Portland State University. With more than twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives workshop attendees practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary society. DeGruy's workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity; she provides specialized clinical work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience.

DeGruy authored the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can use the strengths we have gained to heal. The book has been praised by Randall Robinson, Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, and many more. Susan Taylor, editorial director of Essence magazine says that "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a master work...Her book is the balm we need to heal ourselves and our relationships. It is the gift of wholeness." Adelaide Sanford, vice chancellor of the Board of Regents for the State of New York says, "Dr. Joy DeGruy's mesmerizing, riveting book is vital reading for our time...With Dr. DeGruy's potent words we can and will heal."

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