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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

What is Cultural Competence? Cultural Competence is the behaviors, attitudes and skills that allow a health care provider to work effectively with different cultural groups. For the therapist, cultural competence is the ability to provide therapy that can overcome cultural barriers that exist between the patient and the therapist.

What is Cultural Proficiency? is the policies and practices in an organization or the values and behavior of an individual, that enable the person or institution to engage effectively with people and groups who are different from them. ... Cultural Proficiency is a lens for examining one's work and one's relationships.

How you can support Black therapists/counselors:

       This is a national sign-up form led by Latinx Therapy for therapists/counselors who identify as POC (People of Color) to offer free therapy for Black therapists, as an effort to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. You must be fully licensed, hold personal liability insurance, and have access to their own telehealth platform.

Where you can donate:


○    George Floyd -

○    Ahmaud Arbery -

       Bail Funds

○  Austin: 400+1

○    Houston: Restoring Justice

○   San Antonio: SAPFF

○   Dallas: Faith in Texas

○   Minnesota: MN Freedom Fund

●      Medical Funds

○ Mutual Aid ATX

●      Black Led LGBTQ+

○  Black AIDS Institute

○  The Okra Project

○  LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund

○  House of GG

○  Trans Justice Funding Project

○  Youth Breakout

●      Organizations

○   Black Lives Matter

○   Reclaim the Block

○   Black Visions Collective

○   NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

○  The National Accountability Project

○   Color of Change Education Fund

○   Unicorn Riot

○   Advancement Project

○   The Marshall Project

○   Equal Justice Initiative

○   Black Futures Lab

○   Campaign Zero

○   BYP100

○   Texas Organizing Project

Black Mental Health:

       The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve-Book by Rheeda Walker

       Black Mental Health Matters: The Ultimate Guide for Mental Health Awareness in the Book by Aaren Snyder

       African American Mental Health

       Melanin and Mental Health

       Black Therapists Rock

       Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Books to read:

       The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated

America – Richard Rothstein

       The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

       Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

       How to be an Antiracist – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

       Stamped from the Beginning – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

       White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo

       Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

       Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

       How Nonviolent Struggle Works – Gene Sharp

       The Urban Crisis – Thomas Sugrue

       Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams

       Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

       Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

        I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin

       Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Dr. Brittney Cooper

       So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

       How to be Less Stupid About Race – Crystal M. Fleming

       Tears We Cannot Stop – Michael Eric Dyson

       The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

       I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

       So You Want to Talk About Race- Ijeoma Oluo

       White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism-Robin DiAngelo

     How to Be an Antiracist- Ibram X. Kendi

Podcasts to listen:

●      1619 (New York Times)

●      Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

●      Code Switch (NPR)

●      Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

●      Fare of the Free Child Podcast

●     Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Films/TV to watch:

●      Dear White People – Netflix

●      When They See Us – Netflix

●      See You Yesterday (Netflix)

●      13th - Netflix

●      The Hate U Give (rent)

●      Selma (rent)

●      Just Mercy (rent)

●      I Am Not Your Negro (rent)

●     If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)

Ways to act:

       Call DA Michael Freeman at 612-324-4499 to demand all four officers to be charged and arrested

       Contact your congresspeople and ask them to support Reps Pressley and omar’s resolution condemning police brutality

Black Owned Business to Support:

●      Austin Monthly released a list by Rosie Ninesling to include restaurants and shops/makers


●      The Lit. Bar: Bookstore & Chill


Articles to Consider:

●      My Role in Social Change Ecosystem:

●          Learning to unfreeze and move to support Black Communities

●          The 1619 Project

●          Who Gets to be Afraid in America?

●          Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?

 Resources for Combating Anti-Blackness in non-black POC communities

If you want to commit yourself to combating anti-blackness in your communities and families, here are some resources:

       General article about resources and where to start

       South Asian Communities

       Middle Eastern Communities

       Asian Communities (predominantly east asian communities)

       Latinx Communities

       Outside of the US

Additional Resources can be seen on the American Counseling Association’s Resources Page:

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