Speaking Out Against Racism

Racism and CAPS’ Commitment to Action

As your mental health center, CAPS is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by racial trauma. We stand in solidarity with students of color with humility and compassion. CAPS strives to be responsive to the needs of a diverse student body and to offer a range of services designed to support all students. We continue to build diversity and awareness on the CAPS team, in our hiring and training practices, and through our personal commitment to understanding implicit bias. CAPS services are for every University of Arizona student, including students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, abilities, and sizes. We welcome you.

If you are in need of support, we invite you to utilize CAPS services, including free, online drop-in groups for students of color and LGBTQ students. Or find out how to talk to a counselor now. We are here for you.

Give us a call for more information or to get started: (520) 621-3334.


Counseling & Psych Services Staff and Leadership

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Standing in Solidarity

  • Racial injustices and violence impact us all.

  • It's normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions in response to racism, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness, or guilt. It's also common to want to make a difference but feel powerless.

  • Understanding what racism is and how to participate in anti-racism is the first step in speaking out against and ultimately eliminating racism.


What does it mean to be anti-racist?


Terms to know:

  • Racism

Racism is the marginalization and/or oppression of a group of people based on race based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy reinforced by systems of power.

  • Anti-Racism

Anti-racism is the process of identifying, opposing, and dismantling systems of racism. Anti-racism is active, meaning taking an active state of mind and conscious actions with the goal of providing equal opportunities for all people at an individual and systemic level.

  • Social Justice

Social justice refers to fair treatment, equal opportunities for success, and equal access to wealth, resources, and liberties for all people in a society.  


Learn more:


Dismantling Racism One Piece at a time

Bystander Intervention

When you witness someone being harassed, there's something you can do about it. 

Learn the 5 D's of Bystander Intervention

Racism & Harassment in the Classroom

The University of Arizona is committed to fostering a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination.

Resources for Reporting Incidents of Bias & Hate


Cyber-racism can include words and images and may be communicated via websites, blogs and social networking sites, videos or email.

What You Can Do About Cyber-Racism

Everyday Racism

Everyday, or casual racism is one form of racism. It refers to conduct involving negative stereotypes or prejudices about people on the basis of race, color or ethnicity. Examples include jokes, off-handed comments, and exclusion of people from social situations on the basis of race. These can be uncomfortable situations to navigate. Here are tips for dealing with everyday racism:

The Mental Health Costs of Everyday Racism

Responding to Everyday Bigotry

Join or Organize an Event

There are a lot of ways to raise awareness and take a stand against racism. Here are just a few:

Start a chalk walk.

Organize a protest or march.

Organize a panel discussion.

Organize a film screening.

More How-To Guides

Keep Doing the Work

Taking steps like supporting charitable causes that benefit communities of color or other underrepresented groups, buying from minority-owned businesses, signing petitions, and making phone calls can all help put an end to racism. 

Ways You Can Help

And no matter what, be willing to listen & learn.

Start here:

Healing Resources & Support

The Arizona community is here to support all students. View these student services and resources to get the support you need right now.

Counseling Resources

Counseling and Psych Services

Free bi-weekly Students of Color Online Support Group - meets Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 11 am. 

Inclusive Therapists therapist directory of justice-oriented professionals that strive to be: anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, anti-stigma, anti-racist & anti-ablest.

Online Guides & Tools

Filling our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing by Threads of Solidarity: WOC Against Racism

Grief Is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself by The Conversation

Stay Safe From Anti-Asian Racism Resources by the Asian American Federation

Black Mental Health Matters: A Resource Guide for Caring for Yours on Shine

Liberate Meditations and talks designed for the Black, Indigenous, and people of color experience. Led by BIPOC teachers.

Shine App Inclusive meditations, diverse community, personalized affirmations, and gratitude journaling.