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STAR breaks cycles of trauma

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) emerged from the ashes of Sept. 11, when hundreds of millions of people were grieving over the deaths and destruction caused by hijacked airplanes flying into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. To mark STAR’s 10th anniversary, founding director Carolyn E. Yoder ’72 coll ...More

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Resiliency After Trauma of War

After he got back from the war, Mark Lauro couldn’t pick up his young son without thinking about that night in Iraq. He was an Army National Guard sergeant with a company deployed in 2007 to provide security for military supply convoys. Lauro was in an armored vehicle running reconnaissance a few kilometers ahead of the others, keeping an eye out for trouble and choosing the ...More

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Haitians Embrace Trauma-Resilience Program

With a history of violence linked to colonization, intense poverty and vulnerable geographic location, Haiti has long suffered from natural disasters, social conflict, and other traumatic events. That is one reason more than 1,000 Haitians have welcomed trainings, materials and principles derived from Eastern Mennonite University’s STAR, which sta ...More

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STAR Marks 10 Years of Trauma Healing

Hurt people hurt people. For 10 years, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience — the STAR program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) – has been helping to break that cycle. A February celebration at EMU marked a decade for this program that emerged at EMU’s Center for Justice a ...More

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STAR Looks to the Future

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program (known as STAR) at Eastern Mennonite University will host a time of reflection and look towards the future on Monday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. Founders of the program will reflect on its early years and Elaine Zook Barge, director of STAR, will share a vision for the ...More

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STAR e-Book Chronicles Trauma Healing Program

The tragedies of 9/11 sparked the development of a unique approach to trauma-healing at Eastern Mennonite University—an acclaimed series of trainings called Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), refined with the help of thousands of participants in the United States and internationally. The inspiring story of how STAR emerged in late 2001 to support traumatized religio ...More

Conflict Transformation Alumni Share Global Experiences

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