Taking Action at UMass Amherst to Combat Racism: A Message from Nefertiti Walker, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
On Campus Resources for Care
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH)
CPPH is staffed by licensed mental health providers and available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention services and assessment. CPPH offers a number of psychological and mental health consulting services, including a summer support group for students of color every Thursday at 3:00pm.
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free and confidential counseling, consultation, and referral service.
- Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success
CMASS will be providing a number of support systems and resources over summer intermission including drop-in sessions, one on one opportunities to talk, and collaborative programming with UMass community members and offices.
- UMass Men and Masculinities Center
Using a male-positive, multicultural, and pro-feminist perspective, the Men and Masculinities Center promotes healthy relationships and positive expressions of masculinity; provides programs to support male students to explore the intersections of male identities; and fosters men’s healthy and positive development through scholarship, leadership development, outreach, and advocacy.
- Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office responds to individual student needs and concerns, providing the support, resources and referrals they may need.
Phone: (413) 545-2684
- Student Legal Services Office
The Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) provides legal assistance to UMass Amherst students and student groups.
Additional Mental Health Resources and Resources for Standing in Solidarity
- Black Lives Matter
BLM provides resources, information, and toolkits in the effort to end violence inflicted on black communities.
- Being Antiracist
Being antiracist is fighting against racism. This resource by the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides an overview of the types of racism endemic in our society, and how we can be active antiracists.
- Showing up for Racial Justice
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
The NAACP’s mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
- Obama Foundation Resources
The Obama Foundation provides ways to advocate for change, resources to learn about police violence, actions you can take to encourage reform, and organizations you can support.
- Letters for Black Lives
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness. It offers explainers of the Black Lives Matter movement in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Russian and more.
- The National Black Justice Coalition
The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. NBJC has provided leadership at the intersection of national civil rights groups and LGBTQ/SGL organizations, advocating for the unique challenges and needs of the African American LGBTQ/SGL community.
- Ourselves, Black
Information about mental health promotion and positive coping as well as resources related to mental illness and treatment. Ourselves, Black provides relevant, current, and engaging mental health content and stories specifically routed in communities of color.
- Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. You can follow TBG through their podcast and private community Facebook support group. They also provide a directory to connect women with culturally competent therapists. TBG holds free group support sessions weekly on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. EST.
- Inclusive Therapists
The Inclusive Therapists database provides therapists with training for racial trauma and connects people of all identities, abilities, and bodies with culturally sensitive caregivers.
- ACLU's Know Your Rights if Stopped By Police Guide
A description of what the law requires and strategies for handling police encounters.
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