Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development:: Understanding Youth Trauma and Cultivating Resilience

Conference/Symposium | March 4 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Gym First Presbyterian Church

 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University

 Dr. Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Dr. Darlene Francis, Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

 Critical Trauma Working Group

*Update* We are excited to announce that we are moving the location of the conference to the First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. Berkeley, CA 94704 to accommodate more people!
We are still not able to accommodate everyone that is on the waitlist though, so we ask if you cannot attend to please unregister on the Eventbrite page to make space for those who can.
We are in the process of registering people off of the waitlist through the Eventbrite page, so please be on the look out for an email. We are very excited to see you on March 4th.

The Critical Trauma Working Group at UC Berkeley invites you to attend our upcoming free one-day conference on Saturday March 4, 2017: Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development: Understanding Youth Trauma and Cultivating Resilience.

This conference will take place at UC Berkeley from 9am-4pm, with a casual reception to follow. The keynote speech, science discussion, and youth panel will take place in First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. Berkeley, CA 94704

Registration ends on March 1, 2017

Schedule (We will send out a finalized schedule and other details soon to those who have RSVP-ed!)

8:30-9:15 Registration / Breakfast

9:15-9:30am Opening remarks

9:30-10:45am Jeff Duncan Andrade Keynote. Moderated by TBD

10:45-11:15am Q&A

11:15-11:30am Break

11:30-12:30pm Science discussion with Daniela Kaufer and Darlene Francis Moderated by CoCo Auerswald

12:30-1pm Q&A

1-2pm Lunch

2-3:30pm Youth org panel on trauma strategies in the field with RYSE, Youth Radio, and Leadership High.

3:30-3:45pm Closing remarks and next steps

3:45-4:00pm Closing ceremony with Robert Castro

4:30-5:30pm Casual Reception to discuss next steps, ask more questions, make connections, etc.

We hope you will stay for the full duration of the conference in order to learn about the science of trauma and support and engage with the youth presenters.


Lunch will be provided for as many people as possible. We are a small student organization with a limited budget. We want to ensure that our attendees with limited means are able to eat lunch free of cost. If you are able, please consider donating to help us subsidize lunch. Registrants can donate to Center for Race and Gender online, and in the section where it says "additional details," you can write "Critical Trauma Conference" and enter the amount that you wish to donate.

** ORGANIZATIONS: If you would like to table, or distribute flyers and information about your program at this event, please email us with the subject line: "Request to table."


Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (, and the Community Responsive Education Group (CRE) working with schools and districts around the world to develop and support effective classroom and school cultures.

Dr. Darlene Francis

Dr. Darlene Francis is an associate professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley. Her research program explores how biological, psychological and social processes interact over a lifetime to influence health and vulnerability to disease. Her laboratory explores how these processes are causally related. This level of transdisciplinary research can only be conducted with multiple collaborations that span many disciplines (molecular epigenetics through to social epidemiology). In sum, her research explores how experience and social factors are transduced into biology.

Dr. Daniela Kaufer

Dr. Daniela Kaufer is an associate professor in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the molecular events that underlie the plasticity of the brain in face of stress and neurological insults, bridging the gap between the gross physiological effects, and the molecular and cellular events that underlie them.

Youth Panelists:
The conference will feature a panel of youth organizations who have extensive experience working with youth who have been exposed to trauma. They will share lessons and knowledge from their fields.


RYSE was born out of a youth organizing movement initiated in 2000 in response to a string of homicides amongst youth near Richmond High School that galvanized students to take action to address the violence and lack of safety at school and in the community. RYSE provides case management services to support young people's health, housing, education, and social and emotional needs and priorities. Youth Radio

Leadership High

A group of students from Leadership High School in San Francisco, implemented a community-based participatory research study in conjunction with the Center for Youth Wellness and H20 Productions. They built upon reserach by Drs. Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda who found that certain adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were connected to negative health effects later in life. These students asked: What about experiences in one's community? What about experiences at school? They created a survey and eventually suggested including additional ACEs based on their findings.

Youth Radio

Youth Radio's mission is to launch young people on career and education pathways by engaging them in work-based learning opportunities, creative expression, professional development, and health and academic support services. Their drop-in artist development program, Remix Your Life, is rooted in art therapy and designed to provide a safe, creative space to process community violence, conflict, and other life experiences.

Social Media

If you'd like to Tweet or Instagram awesome things you hear at this event, use hashtag: #criticaltrauma2017.

About Us:

Critical Trauma Working Group at UC Berkeley

The conference is hosted by the Critical Trauma Working Group (CTWG): a group of graduate and undergraduate students and community practitioners who conceptualize trauma as a symptom/proximal manifestation of exposure to structural and interpersonal oppression e.g. colonialism, capitalism/economic racism, patriarchy, etc. We explore how systemic forms of oppression lead to biological, psychological, and community detrimental effects within and across generations and within and across various marginalized populations, and acknowledge individual and community-level capacities to heal from oppression.

Sponsors and Partners

This conferences partially sponsored by I4Y, with support from the Center for Race and Gender and the Associated Students of University of California, at UC Berkeley.


  Registration opens January 30. Register online by March 1