In the fall of 2014, Dr. Norman White received a grant to help train the teachers and principals at seven elementary St. Louis Public Schools on how race impacts the kind of trauma that their students experience in their lives. Through that work, they have been able to decrease the number of suspensions and implement more “restorative practices” in place of sending students home. White is the associate dean for community engagement and partnership at SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice.

“It’s the light of Michael Brown Jr.,” said White, who is also an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at SLU’s School of Social Work. “It’s something that his death exposed, and we have to pay attention to. In that light, really good things can come.”

Because of his important work, White has received the Dr. John M. Anderson Excellence in Mental Health Award from the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund. The fund’s leaders said White’s work truly embodies their vision and mission.


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