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

Black Lives Matter Meditations

Dive in Well

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 Nap Ministry

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

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men


Black Lives Matter 

Campaign Zero

Intercultural Affairs at Pepperdine

White Accountability Group - "Rachael Forester and Kathy Obear host a virtual series for white people to come together in a community space of accountability to process these recent incidents of racist violence and to identify how we, individually and collectively, uphold and perpetuate similar racist dynamics in our own organizations and communities. It is urgent we do our own work so we show up as more effective co-conspirators and change agents for racial justice."

Anti-Racist Education


12 Years a Slave


Just Mercy


The Hate U Give

When They See Us


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F.  Saad

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

White Rage by Carol Anderson


1619 by Nikole-Hannah Jones

About Race by Rendi-Eddo Lodge

Code Switch by Shereen Marisol Meraji

Homecoming by Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

Organizations & Leaders to Follow

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

Equal Justice Initiative

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The Obama Foundation

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


NAACP Legal Defense Fund

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Race Forward

Northside Achievement Zone

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Center for Policing Equity