The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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:

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Resources

Black Lives Matter

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

https://blacklivesmatter.com/about

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.

https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org

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.

https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/

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.

http://nbjc.org

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.

https://therapyforblackgirls.com/about/

Black Visions Collective

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

Black Lives Matter - Boston

https://blacklivesmatterboston.org

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.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

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.

https://www.naacp.org

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.

https://lettersforblacklives.com

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.

https://ourselvesblack.com/home

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.

https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/about

Ideal Bookshelf: Antiracism Books

https://bookshelf.org/lists/anti-racism

ACLU's Know Your Rights if Stopped By Police Guide

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/stopped-by-police/


UMass Resources

Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN)

https://www.umass.edu/cwc/wocln

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

https://www.umass.edu/dean_students/

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

https://www.umass.edu/counseling

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.

https://www.umass.edu/cmass

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.

https://www.umass.edu/masculinities/

Student Legal Services Office

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

https://www.umass.edu/slso/


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.

https://www.yjpu.org/

Sisters Unchained

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

https://www.sistersunchained.com/

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.

https://www.maapma.org/

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