Too often educators (care-givers) are left to navigate toxic work environments without proper support to combat the systemic issues they face daily. Institutions of higher education have neglected to make the health and well-being of care-givers a priority. This failure continues to maintain and perpetuate the oppressive conditions that mirror trauma, pain and stress. The authors of this study extend Ginwright’s (2018) healing centered engagement to conceptualize what they call healing centered collective care—a fugitive framework of care for the care-givers. Data was collected through two case studies and those generative themes are presented using testimonios from the authors.

Author Biography

Asif Wilson

Asif Wilson currently serves as Associate Dean of Instruction at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois. He has almost 15 years of experience teaching, designing curriculum, and conducting education research. Dr. Wilson’s scholarship looks at the intersections of race, place, and pedagogy. He has written a number of published articles, book chapters, and curriculum for in and out-of-school settings. Dr. Wilson is a board member of Free Write Arts and Literacy, on the leadership collective of Teachers for Social Justice, and a member of People’s Education Movement and Ethnic Studies Educators of Color.

Dr. Wytress Richardson

Dr. Wytress Richardson chairs the Applied Behavioral Science program at National Louis University (NLU) where she leads a team of faculty in empowering undergraduate students and leads diversity and inclusion at NLU. Her 18 years of excellence in higher education is evidenced by numerous teaching and service awards. Her work is informed by her two decades’ experience in the Human Service field where she served as counselor, advocate, and supervisor. Dr. Richardson’s interdisciplinary education in Organizational Leadership, Human Services Administration, and Applied Behavioral Science equips her to create resilient settings where both individuals and organizations can thrive.



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