Counseling Center Statement and Resources on Current and Ongoing Racial Injustice and Violence
The staff of the Baruch Counseling Center want to express our outrage and deep grief about the ongoing impact of systemic and institutional racism on our Baruch community, including the murders of Black, Asian/Pacific-Islander, Native/Indigenous, and Latinx individuals across the United States. These murders and other acts of racial violence represent a long history of white supremacy in our nation. As a Center, we are committed to undoing racism and supporting those most impacted by oppression and injustice, especially our Black, Asian/Pacific-Islander, Native/Indigenous, and Latinx students, staff, and faculty. The work of justice belongs to all of us, particularly to those of us who benefit from white privilege and race-based oppression. Our team, made up of a racially and ethnically diverse group of counselors, provides culturally-responsive and trauma-informed individual counseling, group sessions, and workshops. Our team continues to gain education and training around diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in order to improve our effectiveness as advocates. We are here for you.
For those students who need a space to talk, you can connect with our confidential services at studentaffairs.baruch.cuny.edu/counseling.
For Black students needing support, you can learn more about our weekly Black Mental Health Matters Support Sessions at studentaffairs.baruch.cuny.edu/counseling/support.
Faculty and staff who need support should reach out to Baruch’s Employee Assistance Program, CCA@Your Service, at 800-833-8707 or visit myccaonline.com and use company code CUNY.
Support around Race-based Incidents and Hate Crimes
If you have experienced or witnessed a race-based incident or hate crime and would like to speak to someone outside of the Counseling Center about the incident, here are some resources:
- Baruch College’s Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Equity Initiatives – Reports, inquiries, or questions should be directed to Diversity@baruch.cuny.edu
- Baruch College Ombuds – The Ombuds are a confidential, neutral, and independent resource for faculty, staff, and students within the Baruch College community to voice concerns about conflicts that arise between members of the College. The Ombuds does not share information concerning any case unless permission is given by the person who brings the concern to the office. Students, faculty, and staff can contact the Baruch Ombuds at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Assistant to the Ombuds at email@example.com
- Reporting to the New York Police Department – Report a Hate Crime/Bias incident to NYPD
- Stop AAPI Hate – Those who experience or witness acts of hate towards the Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander communities can report an incident at Stop AAPI Hate
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Stamped from the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi
- Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism
- Four Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health & Practice Restorative Healing
- The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach
- The Link Between Racism and PTSD