Population Health

October 12, 2021

UW Community Circle launches, seeks to build a community of care

Image of front cover of My Grandmother's HandsSeveral University of Washington programs are launching a community circle with a conversation about Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands, which focuses on how to build a community of care by addressing embodied trauma. The kickoff event is occurring virtually on October 28, 2021 at 4 p.m. Pacific and is open to all UW faculty and staff. Interested participants should register online by October 25th. The ebook is available via UW Libraries.

The community circle will serve as a space for faculty and staff to remember the relatives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and to racism, acknowledge collective trauma and integrate the lessons of the past 20 months into their work in higher education. It will span the academic year to allow participants to process as a community so that they might live and work in healthier space physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The circle is sponsored by the Population Health Initiative, the School of Public Health, the Race & Equity Initiative and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.

For registration questions, please contact Andrea Salazar-Nuñez via email at alazar6@uw.edu. For questions regarding the event, please contact Arti Shah via email at artishah@uw.edu.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and activities. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by October 14 to the Population Health Initiative’s Arti Shah via email at artishah@uw.edu.