Black Lives Matter

Racism, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and CAPS’ Commitment to Action

Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) at the University of Arizona joins with the entire country in expressing our sorrow, grief, outrage, and call to action regarding the racial injustices and tragedies that began hundreds of years ago and continue today. These events impact all of us, and we deplore structural and systemic race bias and discrimination, whether consciously driven or not. For those experiencing or witnessing this trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. 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 trauma. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, 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.

The recent protests against racism and police violence, as well as the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on communities of color, highlight the trauma, grief, and uncertainty that so many have experienced. If you are in need of support, we invite you to utilize CAPS services, including free, online drop-in groups: a support group for students of color; a general support group to help you through these stressful times; and a guided meditation group. We are here for you.

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

Sincerely,

Counseling & Psych Services Staff and Leadership

 


 

Racial injustices and violence against the Black community 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. 

Here are ways you can help the Black Lives Matter movement and speak out against racism. 

*This is an evolving page. We're listening, learning, and sharing what we find with you.

 

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

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, colour 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:

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

You can support the Black Lives Matter movement even after the protests have ended. Taking steps like supporting charitable causes that benefit Black communities or other underreprested groups, buying from Black-owned business, 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.

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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

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

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