The Counseling Center joins the rest of the UA community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that continue to occur across our nation. We denounce the longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and oppression that is rooted in and reflective of these tragedies. The Counseling Center is dedicated to addressing the social inequities and biases that exist and it is our obligation as members of the UA community to promote and advance equity and inclusion. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Asian, Asian American, Black, and African American community. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, the Counseling Center is committed to affirming and providing care for all our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you or someone you know would like support with coping and healing.

For more information on the impact of racism and discrimination for our Asian American/Pacific Islander community as well as resources for support, please visit our Asian American Mental Health Resources page

Workshops

Resilience and Empowerment through Racially Challenging Times workshop series:

Coping with Intergenerational Race-Related Trauma Associated with Structural Injustice

Understanding Cultural Identity, Privilege and Allyship

Self-care and Proactive Coping While Dealing with Racial Injustice

Support Group

Visit our support group page for sign up information

AAPI & Allies support group: Virtual drop in support group for AAPI and AAPI allies

Group Leader: Nahree Doh and Michelle Michaels
Group time: Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating in this group, please call the front desk and leave your name and CWID or submit your request through the link on the support group page. You will receive a zoom link shortly before the group starts.
Group Description: Trauma can have a disruptive impact on our lives. We can be traumatized when we struggle to make sense of an experience that hurt us physically, psychologically and emotionally. Sometimes we can be vicariously traumatized by witnessing violence targeted to people similar to us. Current increases in hate crimes and harassment incidents targeting the Asian population can be difficult for any Asian-identified individual. It is important to have a chance to process these experiences in order to cope with them and work to move forward. This support group will provide a chance to process thoughts and feelings for any students who struggle to make sense of hate crime targeting AAPI population.  We will discuss coping strategies and offer a virtual place for emotional support.

Coping with a time of growth and change: a support group for Black and African  American identified students.

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: Monday at 12:00 p.m.
Group Description: This group will explore and discuss the emotional health, social health, role expectations, relationship with others and self as a member of the Black and African Diaspora community on campus while facing the challenges of anti-Blackness/Racism.

University of Alabama Resources

Self-Care/Coping

Coping Strategies

Supporting Each Other

Anti-racism Resources

Tools for Confronting Racism

Exercises

Books to Read

On the Experience of Racism

  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • The Bridge Called My Back, Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  • The Racial Healing Handbook by Annellese A. Singh
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria? by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

 On Antiracism

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Organizations to Support