“The best way...to be able to help address intergenerational trauma is to be more informed, be more culturally responsive and relevant, and have this humility that we need to learn more about how historical trauma can affect the community, how deeply rooted that it is, and how it can transfer from one generation to another.”
This episode of Strength in the Midst of Change features Tim Constant, a recent Doctor of Education degree recipient at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the Instructional Coach for Secondary Education at Clarenceville School District in Livonia, Michigan. His dissertation focused on intergenerational/historical trauma – like that experienced by indigenous communities around Indian Boarding Schools – and teacher preparation. For his dissertation research, he worked with two public schools in Michigan with some of the highest Native American student populations in Michigan. He is a certified K-12 school administrator and certified 6-12 Social Studies and English teacher with over 18 years experience in public and private education as an elementary, middle, and high school principal, assistant principal, academic dean, and teacher. He has extensive experience in alternative education and working with students who have experienced trauma.
Resiliency is best demonstrated in times of change. Join CEW+ Director Tiffany Marra as she talks to students, staff, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women+ (CEW+) in our podcast, Strength in the Midst of Change, to hear personal and professional stories of strength and growth. Through this podcast, CEW+ seeks to create a safe place where you will be inspired by the stories of everyday people.
- College of Education, Health, and Human Services
- UM-Dearborn News Article: Helping teachers help indigenous students affected by intergenerational trauma
Photo credit: Holy Childhood boarding school circa 1893
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Archives and Records