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HNU and SUNY Upstate Medical University Address Race, Trauma, and Healing in Education

Dr. Sipho Mbuqe of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy of Holy Names University
Dr. Sipho Mbuqe and Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy

Though they are almost 3,000 miles apart, Holy Names University and the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Psychiatry are making the most of our new norms of connecting at a distance through an innovative collaboration. Leaders from these schools will address one another’s faculties and share expertise on issues of race, trauma, and healing in higher education.

Dr. Sipho Mbuqe, Senior Counselor in Student Counseling Services and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University, shared his insights on the impact of bias and racism on student learning and student success during HNU’s Provost’s Opening Workshop on Monday, August 24, 2020. Dr. Mbuqe’s research and clinical interests focus on oppressed and/or marginalized social groups and the constitution of subjectivity through language. His session, “Race, Trauma, and Healing in Education” is an important part of faculty development at Holy Names University, where we are working to create an actively anti-racist campus.

Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Names University will present at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s grand rounds: “Why Race Matters: Race, Health, and Their Attendant Consequences.” This represents the Department of Psychiatry’s commitment to training physicians to treat patients holistically. Smith McKoy draws on her research and teaching in Medical Bioethics. Dr. Mbuqe will serve as a respondent to Grand Rounds presentation.