‘Healing from Racial Trauma’: SPI instructor Lisa Collins shares how STAR training moved her forward

“You are the subject of your own research.” Listening to that inner voice sent Lisa Collins, EdD, on her own journey of autoethnography. Collins is co-teaching Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Level 2, with Lead Trainer Katie Mansfield, at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute.


Two five-day SPI sessions remain, beginning June 6 and June 13, with courses in circle processes, restorative practices for sexual and domestic harms, building resilience for challenging systemic racism, and several other courses, including STAR I (June 6).

There is still time to apply to courses. Due to some cancellations from international participants who did not receive a visa, there is still a small amount of partial scholarship funding for individuals as well as organizational discounts available to organizations sending three or more people. To apply to SPI 2022, click here. (To start your SPI Application, you will need to create an EMU My Forms account)


An educational professional with over 25 years of experience, Lisa Collins holds degrees in psychology and education and works as an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark College and a business consultant in Portland, Oregon.

Learn more about Lisa Collins, her experiences in healing from racial trauma, and how her STAR training changed her healing path in a TedX talk from March 2022.

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