Luskin Lecture Featuring Ijeoma Opara
October 19 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Yale University scholar, Dr. Ijeoma Opara will present “Approaching Substance Use Prevention by Harnessing Black Girls’ Strengths”
Approaching Substance Use Prevention by Harnessing Black Girls’ Strengths
Yale University scholar Ijeoma Opara will delve into substance use prevention tailored to the unique challenges faced by Black girls, harnessing their inherent strengths to achieve success. Many Black girls encounter intersecting societal pressures, deal with stereotypes and often must overcome systemic inequalities. Shifting the narrative from deficits to strengths provides a proactive and empowering solution. Scholars and service providers can foster resilience, confidence and a sense of agency through a strengths-based approach, equipping Black girls with the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed, healthy choices. By highlighting evidence-based strategies that draw upon the inherent strengths within Black girls, the approach advocated by Opara bolsters cultural pride, fosters community engagement and mentorship, and encourages self-expression while also discouraging substance misuse.