JoyWinona State University will host Joy DeGruy, a nationally and internationally celebrated educator, author and presenter of social work, race related issues and mental health, Wednesday, Feb. 18.

DeGruy will present a keynote speech, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” at 7 p.m. in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. DeGruy will discuss the theory behind the mental side-effects slavery had on African Americans, coupled with years of oppression and anti-desegregation laws, that now have caused positive and negative multigenerational adaptive behaviors for African Americans.

Earlier that day, Degruy will host a reservation-only workshop titled “Culture Specific Models of Service Delivery & Practice Workshop,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Oak Rooms near East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. Attendees must by 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, to Nicole Herold at A light lunch will be provided.

DeGruy will discuss the cultural and ethnic bases that shape American society today, dealing with contemporary race and other social issues.

The events are co-sponsored by Winona State’s Inclusion and Diversity Office, KEAP Center & Council, Black Cultural Organization and Minnesota State Southeast Technical College.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Alex Hines at, or visit

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