Anti-Racism Resources and Information

From Dr. Faye Jones, Chief Diversity Officer:

I Can’t Breathe!

These three words usually convey a sense of urgency! A cry for help! A matter of life or death!

If we all have that basic understanding of these words, why was it not heard? Why was the urgency conveyed in this situation not realized? Why does it feel like this scene has played out over and over in our past and now invading our present? Collectively, we need to truly hear and feel the raw emotions that so many are rightfully feeling. If we don’t heed this call to action now, it will continue to plague our future, and the future of our youth. 

To begin the process of transforming our community to an antiracist campus, the Office of Diversity and Equity is collecting materials to provide a central hub of resources. It is not an exhaustive list, but one that will be updated constantly as we learn of more resources.

Let us consider this time to be the starting point in our push for action. We need everyone’s involvement to make long-term change.

FROM OUR COMMISSIONERS:

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STATEMENTS FROM CAMPUS LEADERSHIP

Message from President Neeli BendapudiJUNE 1 MESSAGE REGARDING OUR CARDINAL PRINCIPLES

Messages from the Provost and Deans

The Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality

The Commission on the Status of Women

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List of resources for members of the campus community that provide support, and to help engage and learn more about the historical legacy of slavery and racism in America.


UofL Help and Support


Articles and other Resources

*Note: These links are provided for your information only from sources external to UofL.

 

African American Mental Health Resources

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) - Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
  • Black Men Heal - Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance - (410) 338-2642 - Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.
  • Black Mental Wellness - Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.
  • Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation - BLHF has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in our network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.
  • Brother You’re on My Mind - An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in African American men.<
  • Ebony's Mental Health Resources by State - List of Black-owned and focused mental health resources by state as compiled by Ebony magazine.
  • Henry Health - Provides culturally sensitive self-care support and teletherapy for African American men and their families. Currently in pilot program available only to residents of MD, VA and DC. Residents of other states can join their waiting list and will be notified when Henry Health is available in their state.
  • Melanin and Mental Health - Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.
  • Ourselves Black - Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.
  • POC Online Classroom - Contains readings on the importance of self care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.

 

Resources related to Health Implications

 

Resources for KIDS

Accessible Resources for the Youth: 

  1. Antiracist Baby
  2.  Kwame Alexander’s the Crossover series 
  3. This Book is Antiracist
  4. Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy

  5.  Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults 
  6. 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Young Adult Literature

  1.  Dear Martin by Nic Stone  
  2. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely 
  3. I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina