Statement on Anti-Racism
The impact of systemic, structural, and institutional racism in our society can be immense.
As members of the Saint Xavier University community, mental health professionals, and compassionate human beings, we are committed to dismantling racism and supporting those students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in our community and who have faced marginalization, violence, and oppression. As mental health professionals, we recognize the unique role that racism has on the mental and emotional well-being of BIPOC communities in our country. We believe that identifying and addressing these issues is critical to supporting the mental health of our clients.
We acknowledge that being anti-racist is an ongoing process of reflection, discussion, and action. As a department committed to anti-racism, we vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of individual and systemic racism and the impact(s) they have on our campus, our department and our clients.
- We are committed to explicitly and publicly affirming our identity as an anti-racist department.
- We are committed to staying informed on the latest research pertaining to the impacts of racism on mental health, and related resources.
- We are committed to routinely examining our department's policies, programs, practices and culture to identify and challenge any instances of individual, structural or institutional racism.
- We are committed to implementing strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of our department, university, and society.
Resources for African Americans
- NAMI mental health resources for African Americans
- SAMHSA mental health resources for African Americans
- Black Lives Matter: Healing Action Toolkit
- Emotional restorative self-care for African Americans
- Chicago Black mental health directory
- Therapy for Black Girls -online space dedicated to encouraging mental wellness of Black women - includes Therapist Directory
- Financial Assistance for Black women seeking therapy
Resources for Asian Americans
- Comprehensive list of anti-Asian violence resources
- NAMI mental health resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- SAMHSA mental health resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Asian Americans advancing justice. Tell your story.
- How Asian Americans can respond to COVID-19 discrimination
- 55 mental health resources for people of color
- 103 things that White people can do for racial justice
- Harvard implicit bias test
- Discrimination: What it is and how to cope
- Coping with racial trauma
- Tips for supporting each other
- Free anti-Asian violence/harassment bystander intervention workshop - hollaback!
- Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
- Former pro-wrestler talking about mental health issues in the Latinx culture (AJ Mendez)
- Self-care body-settling holds for racial trauma (Nell & Tish @twinpowerment)
- Let’s get to the root of racial injustice (Megan Francis - TEDx)
- Above the noise - Understanding anti-racism (PBS)
- 10 ways to promote anti-racism in the workplace (Forbes)
- Anti-racism practices & the pandemic (Tim Wise)
- Anti-racism educator (Jane Elliot)
- Deconstructing white privilege (Robin DiAngelo)