Collaborations and Partnerships


Actively engaging in initiatives that support regions, partnerships, common goals, and topics that build community resilience.

Learn more about some of our partnerships through past collaborative events:

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Paper Tigers Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Trauma Informed LA proudly partnered with USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in commemoration of its inaugural “All School Day” focusing on public health and the importance of cultivating trauma informed communities. Two hundred individuals gathered for the screening of the award-winning film Paper Tigers. The film follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.

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Resilience Film Screening & Panel Discussion
The NASW USC Unit, Black Social Work Caucus of USC, and USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni Association screened the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion that explored the biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect, and the movement that is determined to fight against and protect children from effects of toxic stress.The discussion was moderated by Gabriel Crenshaw, PsyD and included Pia Escudero, LCSW, Salina T. Gray, PhD, and Samantha Buckingham, J.D as panelists.

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Portraits of Professional Caregivers Film Screening & Panel Discussion
In March 2017, Trauma Informed LA Advisors Nkem Ndefo and Elizabeth Eastlund presented on a panel at an event hosted by the USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work – Wellness for Professionals: Taking Care while Giving Care. The event began with a screening of the film Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain, and was followed by a panel discussion that focused on secondary trauma, wellness, self-care, and “we-care.”

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Presentation Panel on Intimate Partner Violence through an Intersectional Perspective
In 2017, Trauma Informed LA Co-Founder, Susan Hess, Advisor, Devika Shankar, and Speakers Bureau Member, Brenda Ingram presented at Intimate Partner Violence: An Intersectional Perspective. The event, hosted by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) USC Unit, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni Association, and Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Service (RSVP), discussed intimate partner violence (IPV) through and intersectional lens, providing a nuanced understanding of the role of oppression, historical and generational trauma, institutional discrimination, and other “isms” in the experiences of IPV in different communities.