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Responding to Racism


We hear you. The Pepperdine Counseling Center acknowledges our collective experience of grief, anger, disappointment, and emotional exhaustion as we mourn the death of George Floyd, who was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, by those who took an oath to serve and protect. We recognize the pain, sorrow, and fear the African-American and Black communities have been experiencing, and we are all experiencing now.

We see you. To our black brothers and sisters, students, faculty, and staff, YOUR LIVES MATTER! We recognize the particular impact these acts of violence have on the mental health of the Black and African-American communities. We express compassion to all who have been impacted by the chronic and complex trauma of race-based violence, which reflects a longstanding history of systemic injustice.

We are in this together. We pledge to stand with you, arm in arm, in this fight against hatred and racial discrimination. We will work with you to fight for authentic love, respect, equity, and justice. We, at the Pepperdine Counseling Center, commit to meeting the needs of our community as we name these injustices, process our pain, and work together toward healing and unity. We would like to invite you to share your thoughts on what you need so that you can support you in the most helpful way possible. Please follow us on Instagram and participate in our upcoming survey to let us know how we can best serve you.

Black & African-American Specific Mental Health Resources

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) Black Virtual Therapists Network

Black Girls Smile

Ethel's Club


Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists Teletherapy Directory

My TruCircle

NAMI: African American Mental Health - Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or Crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

Sista Afya

The Steve Fund - Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men