Resources for Activism, BIPOC Students, and Anti-Racism

The Counseling Center staff is committed to engaging in regular, ongoing self-reflection and continuing education regarding systemic racism. This page highlights resources to promote the wellbeing of students who are Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color (BIPOC). We have also included materials to address activist burnout/self-care and anti-racism materials.

Crisis Support Resources for BIPOC Students

The Steve Fund Crisis Text Line
Crisis texting line for young people of color. Text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

(800) 604-5841 a peer-run support line which prioritizes support for persons in BIPOC communities. They also operate as an incident reporting line for experiences (or witnessing experiences of) abuse or physical and disrespectful behavior by police or vigilantes.

Want to be an accomplice or activist and not sure where to start?

Check out this resource which includes a list of actions you can take to impact change and tips for cultivating resilience.

Self-Care for Activists

Beginner’s Guide to Self-Care for Activists

Activists, don’t feel guilty about self-care and setting boundaries

Caring for Yourself is a Radical Act – Self Care Guide for Youth Working in Community

Self-Care for Change Agents and Activists Podcast by Dr. Thema (YouTube)

Self-Care for Activists: Sustaining Your Most Valuable Resource

Why Self-Care is Crucial for People of Color (and Especially Activists)

Identifying Your Role and Practicing Self-Care as a Young Black Activist

Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care Dr. Joi Lewis (book)
“When you’re an emotional laborer, healer, activist, community leader, or voice for change, the burden of oppression, trauma, and sorrow can seem never-ending. When you’re facing nonstop heartache day-to-day, it’s easy to wish for total numbness. But when you can’t feel pain, you can’t feel joy.”

Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice in the time of coronavirus” Discussion of Staci Haines book The Politics of Trauma (YouTube)

Podcast about healing and inspiration for social justice activists.

How to Use Activism as Self-Care by The JED Foundation

Finding Calm in Chaos: The Virtual Healing Circle Radical Self-Care as Resistance Dr. Joi Lewis (fee but some scholarships may be available)

Resources for Black Students

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Resources for Indigenous Students

A space of connection and support for Native Youth.

SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center
Mental health resources specific for American Indian and Alaskan Native needs.

American Indian College Fund
Student resources including scholarships, support for college success, and career development.

Asian and Asian American Students

Asian American Organizing Project
A Minnesota-based organization whose mission is “to advance Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in democracy for an equitable and just society”.

A Minnesota-based, immigrant-lead organization whose mission is “connecting immigrants, refugees, and US-born persons of color with the resources they need to thrive.”

Mental Health for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
Further resources for AAPI students.

Top 10 Myths about Asian Americans and Mental Health
A post from Reappropriate, an Asian American feminism, politics, and pop culture blog.
A directory of South Asian therapists.

Asian American Psychological Association
An organization whose mission is to “advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.”

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
An organization that promotes “the mental health and well being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.” Includes a directory of medical and social services providers in all 50 states.

South Asians Americans Leading Together
“A national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for civil rights of all South Asians in the United States.”

National Federation of Filipino American Associations
Promoting “the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States”.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
A collection of LGBTQ+ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations who aim to “promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.”

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
“Building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic & political participation for Sikh Americans.”

Mental Health Resources for Asian and Asian American Students
Resource list for reporting racially biased incidents, resources to combat hate, general mental health information, mental health screeners, hotlines, online therapy, advocacy groups, and social media advocacy.

Latina/o/x Students

Scholarships & Resources for Hispanic & Latinx Students

Programs, initiatives, and resources for Latinx behavioral health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Information about mental health among Latinx/Hispanic persons.

Latinx Therapy
Resources for mental health and therapy for Latinx persons.

Therapy for Latinx
Latinx Therapist Finder

LGBTQ+ Students of Color

National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network

Rest For Resistance
Articles written for queer persons of color by queer persons of color.

Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860
A hotline and non-profit organization "offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community". Callers can connect with support staff who speak Spanish.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
A collection of LGBTQ+ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations who aim to “promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.”

Other Resources for Students of Color

Univeristy of Minnesota BIPOC Mental Health Resources
This page includes a directory of BIPOC therapists in Minnesota as well as other online resources for BIPOC students.

The Steve Fund
Mental health resources for students of color.

POC Online Classroom
A website that celebrates the knowledge production of marginalized people - particularly people of color.

Online Counseling Program Blog: Mental Health Resources for Young People of Color
Organizations, digital resources and videos, support groups, and therapy directories to help support the mental health of young people of color. This resource also provides a list of Instagram accounts of mental health educators, therapists of color, and community support pages. 

32 Addiction & Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Parents

Racial Battle Fatigue: What is it and What are the Symptoms?
Article from The Medium

Filling our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing

Racial Trauma Toolkit from Boston College Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

How to talk to parents about race if you’re adopted or multiracial
NBC News Article

Anti-Racism Resources

How to Decenter Yourself in Conversations with Members of Marginalized Communities

Supporting a Peer Experiencing Overt or Implicit Bias

Confronting Predjudice: How to Protect Yourself and Others

What riding my bike has taught me about white privelege
An article from Quartz on the topic of white privilege.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

The Trauma of Racism
An article from the McSilver Institute with information about traumatic impacts of racism.

Showing Up For Racial Justice
Provides resources for educating participants in how to take “action for movement building for solidarity and social justice.”

Obama Foundation: Anguish and Action
Educational resources to help “create a more just and equitable world”.

The CUT Article: 13 Books You Should Read About Black Lives

How to Be Anti-Racist: A Social Worker's Perspective

Are we missing something? Feel free to email to suggest any additional resources.