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Counseling Center

Racial Violence & Injustice

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In Response to Racial Violence & Injustice

Counseling Center Statement About Racial Injustice & Violence

The Counseling Center joins the rest of the Loyola community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion for the racial injustices and tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These events have impacted all of us and reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and racism that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. 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 communities. In the aftermath of 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 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 for support, coping, and healing.

Please consider the restorative resources below for Black and African American community members and people of color, as well as information for those seeking to learn more about white accountability, promote anti-racism, and engage in allyship.

Spaces for Support & Awareness

  • Black Minds Matter - October 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. EST: Join the Counseling Center for a conversation about the impact of racial violence and injustice on our communities. This will be an affinity space for Black students. Feel free to email Kourtney Bennett, PhD, at kbennett@loyola.edu or Sheila Graham, PhD, at svgraham@loyola.edu to learn more about the space. Join us on Zoom for the conversation; no registration is necessary to participate.
  • Empower - Weekly on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST (starting September 22): Empower is a weekly, virtual support group for students of color at Loyola that provides an affinity space for participants to discuss the impact of racial injustice and issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution. Please register to join the conversation. Email Kourtney Bennett, PhD, at kbennett@loyola.edu or Dennis Velez, MA, at dvelez@loyola.edu with any additional questions. Alternate dates and times will be offered.
  • Abolishing Racism: White Accountability Space - Bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. EST (starting September 8): Join a conversation for all students, regardless of race, to explore barriers that prevent all individuals from engaging in racial equity work. This space will focus on addressing ways white people perpetuate harm and contribute to individualized and systemic racism. This conversation is an important step in dismantling racism without relying on people of color to do the emotional labor. Please join us on Zoom; no registration necessary. Feel free to email Jason Parcover, PhD, at jparcover@loyola.edu or Brad Bryk, PsyD, at bjbryk@loyola.edu with any questions about the space.

We look forward to connecting with you.

Resources for Black & African American Community Members & People of Color

Online Anti-racism Resources

Books on Anti-racism & the Experience of Racism

On Anti-racism

On the Experience of Racism

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