"Dr. Maysa Akbar is a prolific and inspiring author & speaker. Her presentations reach a wide audience – families, students, teachers, and administrators. Hartford Public Schools invited Dr. Akbar to our “Hopes and Dreams” Family Engagement Event in January 2020. During the conference, Dr. Akbar connected with our families by sharing her own testimony of experiencing and coping with urban trauma. Hartford Public Schools (HPS) families were so inspired and challenged by Dr. Akbar, that she returned in September 2020 to open the school year with a message to our staff, teachers, and administrators. Her address to HPS challenged us to look at the ways we may be perpetuating trauma in classrooms, school buildings, and in our interactions with students & families. Dr. Akbar’s book and her Urban Trauma training courses challenge you to reflect internally so your external perspective is different. Our students are carrying so much with them into classrooms but training educators to be urban trauma informed allows you to see things in a different context."
Nuchette M. Black-Burke, M. Ed.
Chief of Family and Community Partnerships