TOPIC 1: Foundations For Black Survival & Wellness

Introduction & Welcome

We would like to get a sense of who is attending this training, your motivations for doing so, and how we can best help you achieve your goals. Please complete the survey below prior to the start of the training.

Upcoming Live Events

Join us on Sunday for The A4BL Remix Roundtable on Foundations for Black Survival and Wellness on Zoom.

Overflow streaming will be available on Facebook Live.

Topic 1 Training Goals and Objectives


  1. Orient participants to the training week

  2. Introduce key terms and concepts

  3. Introduce frameworks for exploring power and wellness

  4. Create a brave space and community of anti-racist scholars



  1. Participants will identify the core goals of Academics for Black Lives (A4BL)

  2. Participants will be able to name and share their personal motivations for engaging in A4BL

  3. Participants will be able to name their feelings and sensations related to learning about anti-Black racism, white supremacy and racial trauma

  4. Participants will recognize and commit to the collective agreements for A4BL

  5. Participants will outline the purpose and theoretical background undergirding A4BL

  6. Participants will be able to summarize the core concepts of anti-Black racism, white supremacy, white privilege, racial trauma, anti-racism, wellness, power

  7. Participants will be able to practice vulnerability and accountability in community with other scholars

Training Video

Activity 1: #BlackInTheIvory

Activities 2 & 3: Podcasts

Accountability Questions

Supplemental Resources

Topic 1 Citations 


We continue to receive a lot of questions regarding donations. The training is still free but thank you for your inquiries regarding donation amounts.

For students going through the training, there is no expected donation amount and we appreciate those with means donating. For staff and faculty,  donations starting at $125 per person for the whole week or $25 per day help sustain this work.


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Please listen to Shena Young describe the partnership between her organization of healers and the Academics for Black Survival and Wellness initiative. Learn how you can immediately help to provide culturally mindful healing services to Black students and early career professionals with limited resources for healing.  Please be sure to list "A4BL" in the comments or notes section when you donate.

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