Black Healing Matters Series

Following similar programming offered to our Black students, we are pleased to announce this series of Healing Circles especially for you, facilitated by Senior Associate Dean of Students Tomiko Jenkins. 

Warm regards,The Office of Alumnae Relations

black-healing-series_alumnae-email.jpgA message from Senior Associate Dean of Students, Tomiko Jenkins:

Dear Black Scottie Alums,

My words fail me in describing the pain and trauma associated with attempting to “do” life during a double pandemic in a Black body. While COVID-19 may be a new pandemic, the lived experiences of our ancestors, that we carry with us in our DNA and genetic memory, remind us that the injustices of racial violence are not new. When we unpack our own lived experiences, we are re-traumatized by every murder of a Black life. Our souls are tired from it all as we continue to mourn the murders of Black of people that look like us and the people we love. We say their names and we cry out, demand, and fight for the justice and liberation that is our human right.

As we continue to rise up, we know that both the intergenerational trauma of our ancestors coupled with our own wounds associated with racial injustice and violence, impact our mental health and wellbeing in ways that are difficult to name. However, our healing liberates our minds and bodies, and dismantles oppression and white supremacy. Our healing is also revolutionary. I write to you today with the hope of healing for us all. We must rest and heal in order to continue to rise.

The Wellness Center is partnering with Alumnae Relations, The Parent and Family Association, and The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion to provide spaces for Black people only within the ASC community to center the Black healing journey. With intersectional identities at heart, we’d like to invite you into healing spaces that intentionally decolonize the healing experience and offer opportunities for collective dialogue. We hope you’ll join us for our series, “Black Healing Matters” throughout the month of July, Minority Mental Health Awareness month, as we come together as a Black community to pause and center Black mental health and wellness. Please contact Alumnae Relations at for the meeting log in information.

  • July 8th at 12:00 pm - Trauma-Informed Yoga with Dominique Harmon Ware
  • July 15th at 5:00 pm - Reiki Healing + Sound Bath with Tay Lang of DearLifeChat
  • July 24th at 5:00 pm - Scotties of Color Healing Circle with Nicole Caldwell '15
  • July 29th at 5:00 pm -  “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine”: The Impact of the Double Pandemic on Black Mental Health
  • July 30th at 6:00 pm- Black Parents Matter: A Panel Discussion for Parents of Black Scotties
May healing come,

Dean Tomiko

Tomiko Jenkins, LCSW
Sr. Associate Dean of Students
Student Affairs
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers