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We also invite you to check out our Activism Calendar to find social justice events, protests, webinars, community gatherings and more in the Boston area. If you have an event that you would like us to share, please send it our way. We look forward to mobilizing and working with you all in solidarity.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Authored Social Work Papers
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-Authored papers for Social Work is a crowdsourced database database meant to amplify BIPOC voices and perspectives, and to increase the representation of BIPOC authors across social work curriculum.
Submit BIPOC-Authored Social Work Papers here.
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The database is moderated by Dr. Antoinette Delmonico (Instructor at Boston University School of Social Work, email@example.com), Dr. Kelly Melekis (Associate Professor at Skidmore College, firstname.lastname@example.org), and Dr. Rolanda L. Ward (Associate Professor; Director of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission at Niagara University, email@example.com).
If you appear in the spreadsheet and would like to be removed, please contact Kelly Melekis at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘BIPOC-Authored Papers in SW’ in subject line.
Dismantling Racism Towards Asian Americans
Resource(s) responding to Anti-Asian Violence
- This list was compiled by the SSWR Doctoral Student Committee for students to engage in social action around anti-Asian hate.
- Website offers events, resources, and how to report Asian/American and Pacific Islander hate crimes in Massachusetts.
Cheah, C. S. L., Wang, C., Ren, H., Zong, X., Cho, H. S., & Xue, X. (2020). COVID-19 racism and mental health in Chinese American families. Pediatrics, 146(5), e2020021816. doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-
Chen, H. A., Trinh, J., & Yang, G. P. (2020). Anti-Asian sentiment in the United States–COVID-19 and history. The American Journal of Surgery, 220(3), 556-557. doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.
Chen, J. A., Zhang, E., & Liu, C. H. (2020). Potential Impact of COVID-19-related racial discrimination on the health of Asian Americans.American Journal of Public Health, 110(11), 1624–1627. doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.
Kim, A. T., Kim, C., Tuttle, S. E., & Zhang, Y. (2021). COVID-19 and the decline in Asian American employment. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 71, 100563. doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2020.
Le, T. K., Cha, L., Han, H., & Tseng, W. (2020). Anti-Asian xenophobia and Asian American COVID-19 disparities. American Journal of Public Health, 110, 1371-1373. doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.
Lee, S., & Rose, R. (2021). Unexpected benefits: New resilience among intergenerational Asian-Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. Social Work with Groups, 1-7. doi/full/10.1080/01609513.
Misra, S., Le, P. D., Goldmann, E., & Yang, L. H. (2020). Psychological impact of anti-Asian stigma due to the COVID-19 pandemic: A call for research, practice, and policy responses.Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(5), 461-464. doi.org/10.1037/tra0000821
Qian, Y., & Fuller, S. (2020). COVID-19 and the gender employment gap among parents of young children. Project MUSE. Advance online publication. muse.jhu.edu/article/762754.
Tessler, H., Choi, M., & Kao, G. (2020). The anxiety of being Asian American: Hate crimes and negative biases during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 45(4), 636-646. doi.org/10.1007/s12103-020-
Wang, D., Gee, G. C., Bahiru, E., Yang, E. H., & Hsu, J. J. (2020). Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in COVID-19: Emerging disparities amid discrimination. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 35(12), 3685–3688. doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-
Yu, N., Pan, S., Yang, C. C., & Tsai, J. Y. (2020). Exploring the role of media sources on COVID-19-related discrimination experiences and concerns among Asian people in the United States: Cross-sectional survey study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(11), e21684. doi.org/10.2196/21684
Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans by Jean Pfaelzer
Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown by Nayan Shah
Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties by Karen L. Ishizuka
Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture by Robert G. Lee
Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999 edited by Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis H. Francia
To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of Korean Adoption by Arissa Oh
The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model by Ellen D. Wu
Forever Struggle, Activism, Identity, Identity, and Survival in Boston’s Chinatown 1880-2018 by Mike Liu
Asian Americans and the Model Minority Dilemma by Art Jahnke
Show Up: Your Guide to Bystander Intervention by the Center for Urban Pedagogy
We Are Not A Stereotype: Breaking Down Asian Pacific American Bias by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Talking to Kids About Xenophobia by Leslie Hsu Oh
Guide for Parents of Asian/Asian American Adolescents by William James College
#Atlanta Syllabus: An Asian American Studies Perspective on Anti-Asian Violence in 2021 by the Asian American Studies Department at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Audiogram Social Media Toolkit by Dr. Gilbert Gee at UCLA School of Public Health
- Asian Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
- Urban Institute
- Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
- Learning for Justice offers teaching and classroom resources that can be used to teach about recent Asian/American and Pacific Islander violence.
- Society for Research in Child Development
Race, Racism & White Supremacy
Articles & Websites
“The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy,” by Yawo Brown (Medium, 2015)
“White Supremacy Culture,” by Tema Okunn (dRworks)
“Racism isn’t about ignorance. Some highly educated people have upheld systemic inequality,” by Victor Ray and Alan Aja (The Washington Post, 2020)
An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine by Bram Wispelwey & Michelle Morse (Boston Review, 2021)
White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun
The Political Economy of Racism, by Melvin Leiman (2010)
How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, by Manning Marable (2015)
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, by Renni Eddo-Lodge (2019)
So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Olua (2019)
The difference between being “not racist” and anti-racist, Ibram X. Kendi on TED Talks (2020)
Raising Anti-Racist Kids: Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers, Ibram X. Kendi and Derecka Purnell in a discussion hosted by Haymarket Books (2020)
Social Work, White Supremacy, and Racial Justice Symposium: Part 1, 2 & 3– Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houstin: Reckoning our History, Interrogating our Present, and Re-Imagining our Future (2020-2021)
Black and Red : Socialism and Black Liberation: Conversations in Black Freedom Studies , Hanif Abdulraquib, Shana Redmond & Ricky Vincent hosted by the Schomburg Center (2021)
Geographies of Racial Capitalism, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, an Antipode Foundation Film (2020)
“The False Promise of Anti-Racism Books,” by Saida Grundy (The Atlantic, 2020)
“What is an anti-racist reading list for?” by Lauren Michele Jackson (New York Magazine, 2020)
Anti-Racism Resources, created by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
Boston University LGBTQ Resources
Boston University’s Queer Activist Collective is dedicated to education and activism surrounding LGBTQ+ issues on and off campus. The undergrad student organization promotes awareness, visibility, and full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. They hold weekly meetings as well as plan events and actions. They work to maintain a safe and welcoming meeting space for all of their members.
The BU Out List is a community-building tool accessible to all LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, and students, and the larger University community. LGBTQIA+ identified faculty and staff are invited to join the BU Out List to share their expertise, support, and guidance, and students are encouraged to use the list to find LGBTQIA+ mentors and connect with the wealth of resources BU faculty & staff provide.
Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism is in the basement of the George Sherman Union, 755 Commonwealth Ave. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, during the academic year.
Trans Listening Circle (TLC) is a weekly meeting club for people who are trans, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and more. The topics discussed at meetings include gender, self-expression, and real-world problems as they relate to members of the Boston University community.
Resources for Faculty & Staff
Media Articles and Toolkits
“The Racial Politics of Citation,” by Victor Ray (Inside Higher Ed, 2018)
“10 Ways For Non-Black Academics to Value Black Lives,” by Stacey Chimimba Ault (Medium, 2020)
“How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: ‘Speak Up When It’s Hard,’” by Francie Diep (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2020)
“A Survival Guide for Black, Indigenous, and Other Women of Color in Academe,” by Aisha S. Ahmad (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2020)
“Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration,” toolkit by Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), University of Pennsylvania (2020)
“Boston History in Three Acts” – The story of how black people confront systems of racial capitalism and plot world liberation. A reading list from Robin D. G. Kelley (Boston Review, 2020).
Columbia University Anti-Racist Pedagogy Resources Columbia University offers this guide as a point of entry for instructors from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, identity positions, and levels of teaching experience who wish to engage in this work. The strategies, summaries, and additional links provide instructors with a theoretical framework upon which to make meaningful, intentional choices in their classrooms.
Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory Into Action, by Moshoula J. Capous-Desyllas and Karen L. Morgaine (2014)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014)
Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999)
Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks (1994)
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks (2003)
The Racial Contract, by Charles Mills (1997)
Bailey, Z. D., Feldman, J., & Basset, M. (2020, December 10). How Structural Racism Works – Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities: NEJM. New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMms2025396
Blake, H., Brown, N., Follette, C., Morgan, J., &; Yu, H. (2021). Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and International Students: Experiences and Resolutions Beyond COVID-19. American Journal of Public Health . https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.306118.
Bubar, R., Cespedes, K., & Bundy-Fazioli, K. (2016). Intersectionality and social work: Omissions of race, class, and sexuality in graduate school education. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(3), 283–296. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1174636
Chavez-Dueñas, N. Y., Adames, H. Y., Perez-Chavez, J. G., & Salas, S. P. (2019). Healing ethno-racial trauma in Latinx immigrant communities: Cultivating hope, resistance, and action. American Psychologist, 74(1), 49-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000289
Garran, A. M., Kang, H.-K., & Fraser, E. (2014). Pedagogy and diversity: Enrichment and support for social work instructors engaged in social justice education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34(5), 564–574. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2014.952868
Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Burrage, R. L., Pomerville, A., & Gone, J. P. (2019). American Indian historical trauma: Anticolonial prescriptions for healing, resilience, and survivance. American Psychologist, 74(1), 6-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000326
Hicken, M., Durkee, M., Kravitz-Wurtz, N., & Jackson, J. (2018). Social Science & Medicine. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/social-science-and-medicine/vol/199/suppl/C.
Hudson, K. D., & Mountz, S. E. (2016). Teaching note—third space caucusing: Borderland praxis in the social work classroom. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(3), 379–384. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1174633
Jacobs, L. A., Kim, M. E., Whitfield., D. L., Gartner, R. L., Panichelli, M., Kattari, S. K., Downey, M. M., McQueen S. S., & Mountz, S. E. (2021). Defund the Police: Moving Towards an Anti-Carceral Social Work. Journal of Progressive Human Services. 32:1, 37-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/10428232.2020.1852865
Kang, H.-K., & Garran, A. M. (2018). Microaggressions in social work classrooms: Strategies for pedagogical intervention. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 27(1), 4–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1413608
Lerner, J. E., & Fulambarker, A. (2018). Beyond diversity and inclusion: Creating a social justice agenda in the classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(1), 43–53. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1398198
Lichtenwalter, S., & Baker, P. (2010). Teaching note: Teaching about oppression through jenga: a game-based learning example for social work educators. Journal of Social Work Education, 46(2), 305–313. https://doi.org/10.5175/JSWE.2010.200800080
Nakaoka, S., & Ortiz, L. (2018). Examining racial microaggressions as a tool for transforming social work education: The case for critical race pedagogy. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 27(1), 72–85. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1417947
Nicotera, A. (2018). Teaching note—circle of insight: A paradigm and pedagogy for liberation social justice social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 54(2), 384–391. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2017.1350232
Pérez Huber, L., & Solorzano, D. G. (2018a). Teaching racial microaggressions: Implications of critical race hypos for social work praxis. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 27(1), 54–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1417944
Pérez Huber, L., & Solorzano, D. G. (2018b). Teaching racial microaggressions: Implications of critical race hypos for social work praxis. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 27(1), 54–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1417944
Robinson, M. A., Cross-Denny, B., Lee, K. K., Werkmeister Rozas, L. M., & Yamada, A.-M. (2016). Teaching note—teaching intersectionality: Transforming cultural competence content in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(4), 509–517. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1198297
Sue, D. W., Alsaidi, S., Awad, M. N., Glaeser, E., Calle, C. Z., & Mendez, N. (2019). Disarming racial microaggressions: Microintervention strategies for targets, White allies, and bystanders. American Psychologist, 74(1), 128-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000296
Varghese, R. (2016). Teaching to transform? Addressing race and racism in the teaching of clinical social work practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(sup1), S134–S147. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1174646
Social Media Groups
Students with SWCAREs: Social Work Coalition for Anti-Racist Education –Facebook group for current social work students and recent graduates (<2 years) to share stories, ideas, inspiration, and resources. The group’s mission is to dismantle white supremacy in social work education.
“Who Gets to Be a Social Worker?” on Decolonize Social Work – This episode looks at the regulation policies around who gets to be a social worker, why the regulations exist, and how regulation policies can become more inclusive for people doing social work who aren’t able to get recognition for their work.
“Why Decolonizing Social Work?” on Decolonize Social Work – This episode begins an ongoing conversation exploring social work: when it rejects harmful social constructs, where it might need to do better, and if it can truly liberate us from oppression.
“The Pandemic’s Impact on Education and Work for People of Color” on The Key Podcast – This episode discusses the further exposed inequities in higher education and the workforce due to the pandemic and unrest over racism
“Equity and Higher Education Policy” on The Key Podcast – This episode discusses policies and incentives that could help close equity gaps in higher education, in conversation with Michelle Asha Cooper and Kim Cook
A World to Win – The podcast aims to educate and inform listeners about the current and historical struggles of socialists in different parts of the world, and to instil a sense of global solidarity by encouraging listeners to take action in support of different campaigns and movements.
Related to Social Work Practice
“Post-Traumatic Blackness Disorder: The Mental Toll of Surviving Racism,” by Michael Harriot (The Root, 2020)
“A Psychologist’s Guide To Healing From Racial Trauma,” by Samantha Rennalls (Vogue, 2020)
Diversity & Inclusion Living Language Guide by Boston University
Glossary for Culture Transformation by Boston University School of Medicine
Corneau, S., & Stergiopoulos, V. (2012). More than being against it: Anti-racism and anti-oppression in mental health services. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(2), 261–282. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461512441594
Goggin, E., Rozas, L. W., & Garran, A. M. (2016). A Case of Mistaken Identity: What Happens When Race is a Factor. Journal of Social Work Practice, 30(4), 349–363. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2015.1100596
A comprehensive list: Black Contributions to Mutual Aid, Social Welfare, and Social Work History Supplementary Reading Guide by Justin S. Harty (University of Chicago, 2020)
Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis, by Kimberly Sue (2019)
Resources Related to Social Work Education
Transgender Teaching Resources
Ashley, F. (2020). A critical commentary on ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria.’ The Sociological Review, 68(4), 779–799. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026120934693
Catalpa, J.M., & McGuire, J.K. (2018). Family Boundary Ambiguity Among Transgender Youth Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, 67, 88-103. doi:10.1111/fare.12304
de Vries, A. L. C., McGuire, J. K., Steensma, T. D., Wagenaar, E. C. F., Doreleijers, T. A. H., & Cohen-Kettenis, P. T. (2014). Young adult psychological outcome after puberty suppression and gender reassignment Pediatrics, 134(4), 1-9. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2958
Dierckx, M., Mortelmans, D., Motmans, J., & T’Sjoen, G. (2017). Resilience in Families in Transition: What Happens When a Parent Is Transgender? Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, 66, 399-411. doi:10.1111/fare.
Galos, D.L., Hall, E., & McGuire, J.K. (2016, March). The Definition of Family Is Changing, and It Matters to Our Work. NCFR Report, FF67, 3-4..
Goldberg, A. E., & Kuvalanka, K. A. (2018). Navigating identity development and community belonging when “there are only two boxes to check:” An exploratory study of nonbinary trans college students . Journal of LGBT Youth, 15, 106-131.
Hughes, R.L., Heiden-Rootes, K., Wiegand, A., & Bono, D. (2016, March). Suicide Risk and Protective Factors in the Family for LGBTQ Adults and Adolescents. NCFR Report, FF67, 17, 19, 21.
Johnson, S. L., & Benson, K. E. (2014). “It’s always the mother’s fault”: Secondary stigma of mothering a transgender child Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 10, 124-144.
Kuvalanka, K.A., Allen, S.H., Munroe, C., Goldberg, A.E., & Weiner, J.L. (2017). The Experiences of Sexual Minority Mothers with Trans* Children Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, 67, 70-87. doi:10.1111/fare.12226
Kuvalanka, K. A., Weiner, J. L., & Mahan, D. (2014). Child, family, and community transformations: Findings from interviews with mothers of transgender girls Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 10, 354-379.
Liu, H., & Wilkinson, L. (2017). Marital Status and Perceived Discrimination Among Transgender People. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79, 1295-1313. doi:10.1111/jomf.
McGuire, J.K., Kuvalanka, K.A., Catalpa, J.M., & Toomey, R.B. (2016). Transfamily Theory: How the Presence of Trans* Family Members Informs Gender Development in Families Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8, 60-73. doi:10.1111/jftr.12125
Pariseau, E. M., Chevalier, L., Long, K. A., Clapham, R., Edwards-Leeper, L., & Tishelman, A. C. (2019). The relationship between family acceptance-rejection and transgender youth psychosocial functioning. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 7(3), 267.
Perez-Brumer, A., Day, J. K., Russell, S. T., & Hatzenbuehler, M. L. (2017). Prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among transgender youth in California: findings from a representative, population-based sample of high school students Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(9), 739-746.
Platt, L.F. (2018). Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men Journal of Family Theory & Review, 10, 697-701. doi:10.1111/jftr.
Robinson, B.A. (2018). Conditional Families and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth Homelessness: Gender, Sexuality, Family Instability, and Rejection· . Journal of Marriage and Family, 80, 383-396. doi:10.1111/jomf.
Russell, S. T., Pollitt, A. M., Li, G., & Grossman, A. H. (2018). Chosen name use is linked to reduced depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior among transgender youth Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 503-505.
Schoenike, C., Jurek, M. & Barnett, A.E. (2016, September). Transgender Discrimination and Poverty: Barriers to Human Rights. NCFR Report, FF69, 14-15.
Mental Health Resources
|Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)||hosts virtually healing events and conversations on topics related to Black emotional and mental health, toolkits to support wellness, and has started a Black Virtual Wellness Directory.|
|NAMI’s page for Black/African American individuals||NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.|
|Melanin & Mental Health||site features a provider directory (2 listings in MA) and podcast for Black and Latinx/Hispanic communities.|
|NAMI’s page for Latinx/Hispanic individuals||page has information about mental health conditions in the Latinx/Hispanic community, guidance on how to find a culturally-responsive provider, and resources. A version of the page is available in Spanish.|
|The Focus On You||self care, mental health and inspirational articles written by a Latina therapist.|
|Asian Mental Health Project||the Asian Mental Health Project offers resources to find support and to help educate Asian American communities about mental health.|
|South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network||the South Asian Mental Health Initiative serves South Asians (individuals with ancestry from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives) by providing educational resources, a blog, and a provider directory.|
|National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association||NAAPIMHA promotes the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through trainings, resources for services in all 50 states, and national advocacy website.|
|The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC||provides academic programming, webinars, and resources to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Natives have access to high-quality, evidence-based and experience-based, culturally appropriate behavioral health services and recovery supports.|
Affirm – The podcast for women of color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness. Hosted by former therapist & creator of Redefine Enough, Davia Roberts.
Ataque de nerves – Marbs and Scruz finally have a podcast! Hear your two favorite friends discuss mental health, pop culture, wellness, and growing up Brown in Oregon.
Between Sessions – [dope therapists + dope conversations] from Melanin & Mental Health. Two brown chicks changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch. These dope therapists created an online directory of melanated therapists.
Celeste the Therapist – The purpose of CelesteTheTherapist podcast is to help shift the way you think. Many times, we get stuck in a negative cycle and struggle with getting out. Celeste will interview guests from different backgrounds who empower people in different capacities.
Fireflies Unite Podcast – The mission of the podcast is to encourage people of color to seek treatment, end the stigma and raise awareness by sharing stories. We want to show that mental illness does not have “a look”; it also includes everyday high functioning people. New episodes available every Monday.
Hats Off – We are two clinical social workers looking to change the stigma around mental health with lessons wrapped in comedy and truth!
Latinx Therapy – Join Adriana Alejandra Alejandre, LMFT on this mission to break the stigma to learn self-help techniques, how to support ourselves or those around us that struggle with mental illnesses and to create cultural competency for other providers working with the Latinx population.
Minding my Black Business – is a podcast hosted by Dr. JaNaé Taylor exclusively for Black Entrepreneurs who are looking to engage, inform, and support other Black Entrepreneurs as they manage the business of work. It’s a great balance of an entrepreneurial and mental health lens.
Naming It – features Bay Area Psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer & Dr. LaMisha Hill, who explore the intersections of Social Justice, Psychology, & Blackness. They introduce aspects of counseling psychology that are not commonly thought of, and engage listeners in a conversation about pop-culture and current events in a way that delves deeper, and focuses on how it all impacts on our lives.
Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health – MannMukti.org is a one-stop resource for South Asians to learn about and address mental health concerns with each other. MannMukti translates to “mental liberation” in Hindi. Our mission is to encourage healthy, open dialogue of mental health issues in an effort to remove stigma, improve awareness and promote self-care. Together, let’s #SpeakUp.
Talking off the couch – a podcast that focuses on mental health and mental wellness with in the community of color. Based in Dallas, Texas, Talking off the Couch was created by Tatiana Smith who is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
The Bodyful Black Girl – Jennifer Sterling, Holistic Nutritionist and Creative Arts Therapy Candidate, talks with women of color about depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, self-care and self-compassion. Jennifer shares her experiences with mental illness and offers tips to help women of color thrive.
The Evolving Chair – hosted by Millennial Lakiesha Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), whose passion is dispelling the myth about mental health and therapy. She will chat with others who share their expertise, personal stories and more to help us all EVOLVE into our best self by encouraging physical, spiritual and mental wellness.
The Mindful Muslim – A discussion on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality featuring mental health professionals.
What’s the Remedy? – The weekly conversation about men and mental health, social issues, racial inequity and the many other contributing issues plaguing society. The prescribed antiseptic to “toxic masculinity.” Hosted by Dr. J, Ashley Ray, & Day 1.
Massachusetts Based Resources
|https://rpcsocialimpactctr.org/programs/||host a free weekly trauma, support, and mindfulness groups virtually with the support of Roxbury Presbyterian Church.|
|Peer Support x PureSpark – PureSpark (yourpurespark.com)||every Wed. night 7-8:30pm. You can follow Pure Spark on Facebook or Instagram (@YourPureSpark).|
|Deconstructing Stigma||Deconstructing Stigma: Changing Attitudes About Mental Health is an initiative from McLean Hospital. The Boston chapter of the NAACP is partnering with the Deconstructing Stigma campaign to address the challenges around mental health awareness, stigma, and access to care for Black Americans. They have identified local and community resources in the Boston area.|
|NAMI Latinx Support and Advocacy Network (SAN)||NAMI Latinx SAN is part of NAMI Greater Boston. They provide monthly, free support groups in Spanish for families, friends, and caregivers of individuals with a mental health condition on the second Thursday of the month.|
|DeeDee’s Cry||DeeDee’s Cry provides resources and education on the importance of mental health and wellness within communities of color and creates a space where conversations begin to lift the stigma of mental health within communities of color.|
Mindfulness & Meditation
|Mindfulness & Meditation Apps, Classes, & Groups|
|The Safe Place||a Minority Mental Health app for iPhone and iPad geared towards the Black Community. The app is free and provides clinical definitions of mental illness diagnosis and allows users to take self-assessments. It also offers self-care tips on how to cope with police brutality, as well as black mental health statistics and open forum discussions.|
|https://liberatemeditation.com/||The daily meditation app for us, by us.
A safe space for the Black community to develop a daily meditation habit.
|https://insighttimer.com/||The #1 free app for sleep, anxiety and strss|
|https://www.theshineapp.com/||The Shine app is your support system for daily stress and anxiety.
Prioritizing your mental health starts here. Learn a new self-care strategy every day, get support from a diverse community, and explore an audio library of over 800+ original meditations, bedtime stories, and calming sounds to help you shift your mindset or mood.
|Trifoia||a pilot for a stress-reduction mobile app for people who are African-American-Black. Participate in a free pilot study for the app.|
|https://www.chacmc.org/connect||Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Utilize their Daily Free mindfulness practices.
-People of Color/Indigenous Community Practice: Fridays, 6-7 pm with Rahil
|Mindfulness for the People||We disrupt systemic whiteness in the mindfulness movement in three key ways. First, we center the wisdom, insight, and needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in mindfulness research, teaching, practice, and tech. We also facilitate racial awareness processes among white people in mindfulness research, teaching, practice, and tech. And, we bring our signature compassionate mind-body wisdom methods to the field of racial justice on university campuses and among social good organizations.|
|Boston Center for Contemplative Practice BIPOC Women’s Community Circle||BIPOC Women’s Community Circle lead by Anna-Maria D’Cruz, Ph.D. via Zoom 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, starting 3/2/21
Strategy, Activism & Social Justice
Strategy and Activism
“Nothing Short of Liberation,” by Khury Petersen-Smith & Brian Bean (Jacobin, 2015)
“Black Trans Lives Must Be Front and Center,” by Kali Holloway (The Nation, 2020)
“The Ins and Outs of Your City Budget,” by Ariel Aberg-Riger (City Lab, 2020)
Bringing Back Ideology by Richard Healy & Sandra Hinson (The Forge, 2020)
From The Lit Review Podcast:
- I’ve Got the Light of Freedom
- Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything
- Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970
- Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism
- This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
- Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Black Lives Matter webinar hosted by the International Social Work Action Network – Moderated by BUSSW professor Dawn Belkin Martinez & featuring doctoral student Noor Toraif
Policing and Abolition
“Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley on how today’s abolitionist movement can fundamentally change the country,” by Jeremy Scahill (The Intercept, 2020)
“How I Became a Police Abolitionist,” by Derecka Purnell (The Atlantic, 2020)
“Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police,” by Mariame Kaba (The New York Times, 2020)
Defund the Police Resource This site is a one-stop-shop information source for campaigns to defund police, and a place to ask questions, connect with existing networks, and find inspiration.
Brewer, R. M., & Heitzeg, N. A. (2008). The Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(5), 625–644. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764207307745
Singh, N.P. (2014). The Whiteness of Police. American Quarterly, 66(4), 1091-1099. https://doi:10.1353/aq.2014.0060
Organized by Haymarket Books in 2020:
- “On the Road With Abolition: Assessing Our Steps Along the Way,” with speakers Dean Spade, Woods Ervin, and Kamau Walton and host Mariame Kaba
- “Policing Without the Police,” with speakers Ruha Benjamin and Dorthy Roberts
- “Abolish Policing, Not Just the Police,” with speakers Maya Schenwar, Victoria Law, and Mariama Kaba
“Making Meaning of this Moment” (2020), organized by The Movement for Black Lives Matter (M4BL) and The Rising Majority, with speakers Angela Davis, Kayla Reed (Action STL), Ntanya Lee (Leftroots), Timmy Rose (Dissenters), Greisa Martinez (United We Dream), and Karissa Lewis (M4BL)
Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness, by Abusable Past Collective
Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition, by Katherine Franke (2019)
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2019)
“What is/isn’t transformative justice?” by Adrienne Maree Brown (2015)
“Transformative Justice: A brief description,” by Mia Mingus (2020)
What is Transformative Justice? (2020), organized by the Barnard Center for Research on Women with speakers Adrienne Maree Brown, Mia Mingus, Stas Schmiedt, Ann Russo, Esteban Kelly, Martina Kartman, Priya Rai, and Shira Hassan
Related to COVID-19
“Tracking COVID-19’s Effects by Race,” by Urban Institute contributors (The Urban Institute, 2020)
“The Black Plague,” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (The New Yorker, 2020)
“COVID-19, Decarceration, and Abolition” (2020), organized by Haymarket Books with speakers Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Naomi Murakawa
“Glossary of Terms for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion,” by Diversity Best Practices
“How White People Can Support People of Color Now,” by Hanna Giorgis (BuzzFeed News, 2016)
Local (Boston-area) Bookstores to Support
Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury – Boston, MA)
Black and Indigenous-owned Bookstores to Support (List compiled by William R. Frey)
Birchbark Books (Minneapolis, MN)
Eso Won Books (Los Angeles, CA)
Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury – Boston, MA)
Good Minds (Six Nations of the Grand River)
Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA)
Massy Books (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, FL)
Red Planet Books & Comics (Albuquerque, NM)
Smith & Hannon Bookstore (Cincinnati, OH)
Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)
Underground Books (Sacramento, CA)