Schindler lecture addresses inequity in children’s grief journeys

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Chesapeake Life Center invites the community to the 15th Annual Emily Schindler Memorial Lecture, “Supporting Bereavement Among Marginalized Youth,” presented by Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The lecture will address social inequity in children’s grief journeys and will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Maryland.

Dr. Bordere’s presentation will address historical and contemporary ways in which youth and families from various marginalized social locations such as race, ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, and others, are faced with inequities and suffocated grief in their journey of healing while coping with loss. Drawing from research and case studies and from the perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, Bordere will describe socially just and culturally conscientious practices that facilitate the disruption of systemic factors that complicate grief, mourning, and coping processes for children and teens.

Emily Schindler Memorial Lecture addresses social inequity in children's grief journey

Emily Schindler

This annual lecture was created in 2005 through a gift to the Schindler family from the Saint Agnes Cancer Center. Emily Schindler was an 18-year-old freshman at Frostburg State University and a member of the SPY swim team in Severna Park, Maryland, when she was tragically killed in a car accident in 2004.

Chesapeake Life Center is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for 3.0 Category 1 continuing education units. An application has been sent for approval to the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists so that this program can be certified as meeting the criteria for 3.0 credit hours of Category A continuing education for counselors and therapists in Maryland.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be provided. The cost is $40. To register, visit For details, call 667-210-9189 or email

About Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT:

Dr. Tashele Bordere, Emily Schindler Memorial Lecture presenter, social inequity in children's grief journeysDr. Tashel Bordere is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves on the Board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), and Advisory Council of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Dr. Bordere is a former Forward Promise Fellow (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and received the Ronald K. Barrett National Award (ADEC) for her research on bereaved Black youth. Her research, publications, and trainings focus on cultural trauma, Black youth and family bereavement, suffocated grief (a term she coined), and coping. She has a co-edited/co-written the book “Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief” (Routledge).

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