Black Well-Being and Ally Resources

June 2020

CUIMC Student Health Service (SHS) joins with the larger Columbia community in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the racialized violence happening across the country. We see that the police killing of George Floyd and the events of the last weeks are only the most recent manifestation of our nation’s long history of structural racism, racialized violence, and white supremacy. We recognize that racism manifests at the ideological, institutional, and interpersonal levels. In the words of Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, “we are living in a racism pandemic.” Below you will find resources for Black-identified students, anti-racist education and tools for allies, as well as CUIMC specific supports.

This guide provides the following selected resources:

  • SHS Resources
  • Resources for Black Folx
  • Anti-Racist Resources
  • Columbia Resources for Diversity & Inclusion and Reporting Bias and Discrimination

SHS Resources

  • Psychotherapy and/or psychiatric consultation, as well as group therapy through Mental Health Services.
  • Support Sessions: These one-off sessions facilitated by MHS clinicians are designed specifically for students who may need space to reflect, ground themselves, and get support in response to current events unfolding around us.
  • Virtual Gathering Spaces for Black-Identified Students: Designed for Black, African American, and Caribbean-identified students of all genders, this is a drop-in group for students to come together for mutual support and reflection, led by Tanyka Sam, MD and Ritu Agarwal, MA
  • Wellness Appointments offered by Center for Student Wellness.
  • Urgent needs: call us at 212-305-3400 and request to speak with a nurse or clinician immediately if you have an immediate concern about suicide, either personally or for someone else. This number is answered 24/7.

Resources for Black Folx


The events unfolding around us may be traumatizing and we recognize that they may be particularly injurious to members of our Black and African-American community. After experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.

Self Care

Resources for the Black Queer and Trans Communities

Anti-Racist Resources

Are you ready to work on yourself to support people of color and address ways in which you enact and perpetuate racism? Not sure where to start? 

Watch

Listen

Read

For more books, articles, and important think pieces for allies in anti-racism work, start with the excellent suggestions in the Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources.

Columbia Resources for Diversity & Inclusion and Reporting Bias and Discrimination

Columbia Diversity and Inclusion Offices

Document and report perceived bias and discrimination through your individual school’s reporting system and/or use:

Acknowledgements

This page originated through a collaborative effort with Dr. Raygine DiAquoi, Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion at the Mailman School of Public Health. We thank the many students and administrators who contributed. We look forward to hearing your feedback and additions by email to Justin Laird: jl3059@cumc.columbia.edu