Anti-Racism Resources

The Student Government Association stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
On this page, you'll find categorized national, statewide and UMass specific resources:

 


Resources

Black Lives Matter

BLM provides resources, information, and toolkits in the effort to end violence inflicted on black communities.

Black Lives Matter - Boston

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.

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.

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.

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.

ACLU's Know Your Rights if Stopped By Police Guide

A guide to how to navigate through various situations involving the police.

 

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.

NAACP

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.

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.

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 rooted in communities of color.

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.

Black Visions Collective

Building collective power to address the harms of past and present generations is our work. With this power, we believe that we can and will influence just global movements of resilience, community action, and possibility.


UMass Resources

Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN)

A program of the Center for Women & Community at UMass Amherst that celebrates and supports the accomplishments and endeavors of all self-identified women and nonbinary people of color in the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts. 

Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)

The Malcolm X Cultural Center was established to provide space for social gathering, education through courses and speaker series, and political engagement for Black students through the Black Caucus. The Malcolm X Room served an important role in the social wellbeing of Black students at a time when universities across the nation were opening their doors to students of color but were not equipped to support their transition to college.

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

Center for Counseling and Psychological Health

CCPH 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.
Phone: 413-545-2337

Center for Multicultural Advancement of Student Success (CMASS)

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.

Student Legal Services Office

The Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) provides legal assistance to UMass Amherst students and student groups.  
Phone: 413-545-1995

Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center provides support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. 


Massachusetts Organizations

Youth Justice & Power Union

Organization run by black and brown youths in Boston, centers black and brown voices, builds community, and develops leaders in order to address systemic issues.

Sisters Unchained

A WOC-run prison abolitionist org helping young women with parental incarceration through an innovative blend of education, arts, and healing.

Material Aid and Advocacy Program

Supports and empowers community members experiencing homelessness or living in poverty, through material aid, access to resources, and advocacy opportunities.


Queer POC Resources

SNaPCo

Builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support

Trans Cultural District 

The world's first-ever legally recognized trans district, which aims to stabilize and economically empower the trans community

The Okra Project

Collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community

MA LGBTQ Resource Map

This map of resources is compiled by the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. It is meant to help youth, families, teachers, and providers find LGBTQ services near to them.

Black AIDS Institute

Working to end the Black HIV epidemic through policy, advocacy, and high-quality direct HIV services

LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund

Posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ over-incarceration

Trans Justice Funding Project

Community-led funding initiative to support grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people


Other Resources

The Network/La Red

Survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in LGBTQ, SM, and polyamorous communities

The Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education, and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.

Tapestry Health 

Affordable, LGBTQ-friendly health care. Services include free breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women, a needle exchange program, and free, anonymous HIV testing

Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride

Works to end the isolation of Asian and Pacific Islander families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members through support, education, and dialogue

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Secretary Muanya.