Seabury Lecture: Karina Walters, UW: Iyyi Kowa ("Broken Foot") Transcending Historical Trauma through Collective Action - The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health Study

Lecture | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

Dr. Karina Walters, University of Washington School of Social Work
(Choctaw nation of Oklahoma)
Associate Dean for Research and Katherine Chambers Hall University Professor, Co-Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


This presentation will describe a culturally centered approach to transcending historical trauma. Specifically, we will provide an overview of the design and development of "The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health," a culturally focused, strengths-based, outdoor, experiential, obesity-substance abuse risk prevention and health leadership program designed to develop 150 Choctaw women's health leaders throughout Choctaw territory.

We will provide a description of our community-based approach to developing culturally specific health promotion model and curriculum that incorporates a 10-day walk on the Trail of Tears. This presentation builds on a growing body of trauma research emphasizing the resiliency of Indigenous communities and the importance of designing interventions based on Indigenous worldviews and ancestral teachings.

Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be served.
Co-Sponsored by: Berkeley Social Welfare, Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion, RE(generation): Indigenous Social Welfare Caucus, and the American Indian Graduate Student Association.

 swevents@berkeley.edu