How do educators recognize and confront trauma? Trauma creates an emotional toll on humans that can affect our school, our work, and our relationships with others. How educators address, name, and define trauma has an impact not only on their students but on their own wellness and work. In this first webinar of a year-long conversation surrounding the myriad complicated challenges to college and career readiness in 2022, join higher ed professionals Adam A. Smith and Heather C. Lou as they discuss ways we as educators can take emotional care of ourselves, our colleagues, our team, and our students.

In this webinar, we’ll explore:

  • Defining and naming trauma and its impact on our wellness and our work.
  • Exploring trauma and healing as professionals.
  • Will this ever end?: The Yo-Yo Effect and its impact on our personal and students’ well-being.
  • The Great Education Resignation and its impact on our profession and the students we love.

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About Adam A. Smith:

Adam A. Smith is a first-generation college graduate who has dedicated his almost three-decade career to ensuring college access and success for all Americans. He currently works at the University of Kentucky as Executive Director of University Academic Advising and has a vibrant public speaking and educational consulting firm, Adam A. Smith & Associates. Smith has led coalitions and innovations that have had a dramatic impact on student success at Metropolitan State University (MN), the University of Alabama, the University of Akron City of Rockford (IL), and Rock Valley College.

About Heather C. Lou:

heather c. lou (she/her/hers) is an angry gemini earth dragon, multiracial, asian, queer, cisgender, disabled, survivor/surviving, anxious, and depressed womxn of color artist and educator based in st. paul, minnesota, which is the hxstorical occupied land of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples. find out more about hclou at: or

Educating Through Trauma: Put the Mask on Yourself First

February 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm-February 3, 2022 @ 4:00 pm