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Psychological Risks of Advocacy

ARMS Spotlight: Fulbright Research Chair Series - Dr. Imani Scott

Join us for, "Psychological Risks of Advocacy: Exploring the Mental Health Needs of Black and Indigenous Human Rights Advocates in the U.S. and Canada", in-person and via Zoom with Dr. Imani Michelle Scott, Nov. 29, 2022 from 1:30-2:30 PM EST.

Nov 21, 2022

We invite you to attend the upcoming ARMS Spotlight Event, co-hosted by ARMS and the McMaster University Department of Sociology.

About this event

Join us for the latest ARMS Spotlight Event: "Psychological Risks of Advocacy: Exploring the Mental Health Needs of Black and Indigenous
Human Rights Advocates in the U.S. and Canada".

Presented by Dr. Imani Michelle Scott, a Fulbright Research Chair in Mental Health and Societal Wellbeing at McMaster University, and co-hosted by the Department of Sociology and ARMS.

Despite studies indicating that Human Rights Advocates (HRAs) experience significantly higher rates of work-related psychological risks than those in other occupations, the number of groups identifying as Human Rights defenders has dramatically increased across the world. Alongside this increase there has been a heightened involvement of advocates who identify as Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour (BIPOC).

Within contexts where dismantling racialized violence is the goal and BIPOC-identifying HRAs are perpetually confronted with racialized violence directed at those in their communities, psychological risks are compounded by personal feelings of race-based victimization. In this talk, Dr. Scott will explore and highlight specific mental health and self-care needs of Black and Indigenous HRAs living in Canada and the U.S., including how access to quality healthcare in BIPOC communities is substandard, how BIPOC experiences of daily trauma far exceed those of non-BIPOC individuals and that repeated exposure to racial trauma can increase PTSD.

Refreshments will be provided onsite by the Department of Sociology.

N.B.: Please note the updated time!

When: Nov. 29, 2022 between 1:30 and 2:30 PM EST
Where: Both via Zoom and in-person at

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About McMaster's Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University is one of the largest departments on campus. The outstanding quality and diversity of our department is one of our greatest strengths.

We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.


About ARMS

ARMS takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to lead the way for advanced research on mental health from a social science perspective.

Our goal is to underscore that a social science perspective should be prioritized in the effort to address the burden of mental health problems.