What is trauma-informed pedagogy?
Trauma-informed pedagogy aims to recognize the wide-ranging impacts of trauma in our communities, and to respond with teaching practices that limit (re)traumatization in our learning spaces. These practices are based on the principles of trauma-informed care as practiced in the field of social work.
Our goal in creating this podcast is to engage in some of the major discussions related to trauma-informed pedagogy, specifically in the context of higher-education. Each episode, we interview a guest from UT Austin whose trauma-informed practices are actively creating a more inclusive and empathetic community on our university campus.
Who are we?
Sarah Le Pichon (she/her) is so used to saying that she is a graduate student in French literature that she’s not sure where to begin now that she’s completed her program. But she was very fortunate in getting a position in education in which she will be able to put her knowledge of trauma-informed teaching to work. Since leaving UT, Sarah is serving as advisory director at a high school in Austin starting in June (remember high school? Yeah, seems like an important place to implement trauma-informed approaches, right?). She likes Stephen King thrillers, Crown & Anchor burgers, and going on hikes around Austin with her dog, Norman. She strives to become the most empathetic version of herself and is so excited to share these discussions on higher-education with you.
Steve Lundy (he/him) is a Project Manager at Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, and spends a lot of time thinking about the impact of the digital on pedagogy in Higher Ed. He is regularly surprised to see that it is now possible to round the years up to two decades at UT: having joined the Classics Department as a graduate student in 2005 and completed his PhD in 2013, Steve began working on online course development in 2014 and gradually transitioned to his current position in LAITS. He continues to be closely involved with teaching Classics online, working with students in Latin language teaching, Roman history and culture, and mythology. Beyond UT, Steve likes to talk about Zen practice, digital anthropology, and video game culture, even just with his beloved cocker spaniel Henry.
As we work to create trauma-informed communities and raise awareness of trauma and its effects, we acknowledge the trauma and suffering of those indigenous peoples whose land we stole. We currently occupy the unceded land of the Coahuiltecan, Junamos, Comanche, and Tonkawa peoples and acknowledge that our presence here is a direct result of the exploitation and exclusion of indigenous communities of the region.
You can text 855-917-5263 or visit land.codeforanchorage.org to find out whose land you are occupying. For a more detailed understanding of whose land you occupy and ways to reach out to the indigenous communities in the area, please visit: https://resilienceresearch.org/. For further information and research on the Indigenous Peoples whose land we occupy, please see the Resources section of this website. If you would like to find out about returning land to their rightful owners, please visit this page!