Francesca Maximé – ReRooted – Ep. 10 – Hope and Healing with Shawn Ginwright

Francesca Maximé - ReRooted - Ep. 10 - Hope and Healing with Shawn Ginwright

Author, professor and activist Shawn Ginwright visits Francesca Maxime on the ReRooted Podcast for a conversation about bringing hope and healing to the youth of urban America.

Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. Dr. Ginwright is the founder of Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California and the Research Collaborative on Youth Activism. Learn more at

Healing Centered Engagement

Shawn speaks about his early work as an educator and sociologist working with young men raised in challenging urban environments. He shares how working with these young men inspired him to move away from the trauma-informed method of care that he was trained in. Gravitating to an approach that focuses on engaging the full individual – not just a piece of them.  Francesca and Shawn explore the importance of this paradigm shift from trauma-informed care to healing-centered engagement.

“What does it mean to provide young men with an opportunity to be fully human, even in the context of their trauma? I don’t think we should abandon trauma-informed care, it is just an incomplete process.” – Shawn Ginwright

Building Opportunities (17:40)

How do Shawn’s background and history factor into his approach as an activist? Shawn shares how the traumas and opportunities that he experienced early in life has informed the direction of his work.

Hope and Healing (24:00)

Francesca and Shawn discuss the impact that self-work and regulation have on those who hold roles as leaders, caregivers, and educators. Shawn talks about his own practice and looks at how a personal practice allows for a deeper connection between individuals fulfilling leadership roles and those that they serve.

“There is a lack of contemplative spaces and opportunities for adults who are working with young people, particularly in schools. Teachers, principals, educational leaders simply do not have the space to sit and reflect and be centered.” – Shawn Ginwright


Art via Shawn Ginwright