The Dialogue on Race 2020 Summer Summit: Understanding Racial Trauma

Our first ever Zoom Summit August 22, 2020 was incredible!

More than 500 people registered for the event, and we were joined by people from all over the New River Valley and all over the country. It’s time to make a change. Resources and opportunities to get involved are posted at the Dialogue on Race website. 

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Summer Summit Goals

Understand the trauma of being Black in America

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Offer ways to get help for racial trauma



LaTonya Bolden, MSW, LCSW
Life’s Mosaic Counseling, LLC

LaTonya is an Infiltrator and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently working to complete continuing education credits to earn here credentials as a Registered Play Therapist. LaTonya has nearly 15 years of experience in mental health, including administration, clinical supervision, and direct service, providing psychotherapy and interactive psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children. LaTonya is the owner of Life’s Mosaic Counseling, LLC.

LaTonya Bolden
LaTonya Bolden, MSW, LCSW


Alexa Casey, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Social Activist

Alexa is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works primarily with veterans in a local agency. She also works part-time at Healing Strides of SWVA doing EAGALA treatment. Alexa has been working with veterans more intensively since 2008, when she started work as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Germany at Landstuhl Regional Hospital. She was part of the initial civilian group hired under Global War on Terror funding and worked in Germany from 2008-2011. She has more than 26 years of experience working with individuals, groups and families. She specializes in PTSD, trauma, and working with children and adolescents. She enjoys working on community development and social justice issues and has founded a variety of community groups to facilitate increased social support among community members.

Alexa Casey
Alexa Casey, PsyD


Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech
Clinical Psychologist

Russell is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech. As a clinical psychologist, he specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence. Specific topics of interest include racial trauma, cultural competence, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post traumatic growth, and school shootings. He is the Founder and Director of REAACT (Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma), a program, designed to assist children and their families following trauma. Following Hurricane Katrina he served in multiple roles on the Gulf Coast, including the provision of educating individuals and families impacted by storm, briefing First Lady Laura Bush on children’s coping, and served as a member of the Harvard Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Study. He also played a vital role in recovery efforts following the Virginia Tech Shootings. He is a recipient of the College of Science Diversity Award at Virginia Tech and co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings.

Russell Jones, PhD

Russell T. Jones, PhD

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