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Philadelphia Inquirer

Relief, calm, and a sense that ‘justice was served’ as Philadelphia watches Chauvin’s guilty verdict

Krystal Strong, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Philly and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education’s Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, says justice was not obtained in the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin. “Justice means that George Floyd would be here,” she says.


Anger, anxiety, stress, relief: Therapists say it’s OK for Black people to feel it all

In addition to the next slate of trials for Chuavin’s colleagues, Philadelphians are still processing the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. and the city’s own checkered history of policing Black and other communities of color. Ariane Thomas of the Graduate School of Education comments on the importance of talking about feelings and leaning into their complexity. 


Trial by trauma

Howard Stevenson of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the trauma Black Americans experience when watching footage and reading news coverage of George Floyd’s death amid the Derek Chauvin trial. “Even if this justice happens, we won’t fully get over all of the other injustices,” said Stevenson.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘It’s OK to not be OK’: For clients’ mental health, and their own, therapists managed intense new demands

Ariane Thomas of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the challenges of being a mental health professional over the last year. “The stressors and the symptoms that people are experiencing are exacerbated by the pandemic, the racial unrest, the intensity of the election, and the way the election dragged on, and the fallout since the election, the attack on voting rights,” she said. “It feels like it hasn’t quite let up. And as a result, neither has the request for support.”


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

One of these NCAA Tournaments is not like the other

Karen Weaver of the Graduate School of Education spoke about gender inequity in the NCAA. “There’s a number of inequitable decisions that have been made in addition to the ones we talked about this year that just haven't drawn the same amount of attention,” she said.