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 have been occurring 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 as 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 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 of 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.

Workshops

Resilience and Empowerment through Racially Challenging Times workshop series:

  1. Racism, Microaggression, Social Injustice and Minority Mental Health
  2. Self Care and Proactive Coping while Dealing with Racial Injustice
  3. Coping with Intergenerational Race Related Trauma Associated with Structural Injustice
  4. Understanding Cultural Identity, Privilege and Allyship
Workshop Descriptions and Sign-ups

Support Group

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

Group Leader: Jennifer Turner
Group time: TBD – For further information contact the Counseling Center at 205-348-3863 and ask to speak with Jennifer Turner.
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