Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES)

Igniting community wellness and resilience through collaboration, compassion, and love.

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This past June Times Picayune released an impactful new series by Johnathan BUllington and Richard WEBSTER entitled "The Children of Central City" that followed a youth football team based at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. The series explores the emotional well-being of the young men on this team and has reinvigorated the conversation around the city of the impact of trauma on our youth, especially those exposed to and impacted by violence and crime.

Since 2012 IWES has been collecting data on the emotional wellness of New Orleans youth, and a lot of the data from our work as well as our In That Number campaign has been featured in this series. Our Founder/CEO, Dr. Denese Shervington, was also consulted during the creation of the series, and is featured in a short documentary about it, also titled "The Children of Central City."

On Monday, July 17th city and community leaders gathered at the Ashé Powerhouse Theater for a screening of the documentary and panel discussion on how violence in New Orleans impacts its youth. Dr. Shervington participated in the panel and we have shared some of the photos from the panel here to your right, as well. Follow the links below to read the articles in the series that feature our work, as well as to be "In That Number" and keep up with the campaign that started this conversation about youth that are "Sad, not Bad" and in need of quality, trauma-informed services.


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2017 DAY Of Racial healing

We truly have work to do.

The National Day of Racial Healing is an effort put forward by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance racial healing in communities across the county to create environments where all children can thrive. The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies created this short piece in solidarity with the day to promote the healing of wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias in New Orleans. Check out this video for our audiovisual interpretation of racial healing, and click on the button below to see more IWES videos displaying our work, our philosophy and our community.


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