I join many in our community in feeling a great sense of relief and hope in the announcement that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd. I am grateful for jury members who upheld the integrity of our judicial system by standing for justice, and I look forward to healing that may come from this decision.
I am also grateful for the message shared by Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor, Dr. Gonzales, with a reminder of the pain experienced by many in our Black communities and the need for support and self-care in promoting mental and emotional well-being. I know that many of you, our students, may continue to experience great pain, anguish and trauma. I want to be sure that you are taking care and that you know that counseling services are available for you.
Counseling support services are free and available to all CGCC students. You may visit the Counseling website or use the link below to schedule a free phone based appointment with one of our highly trained Counseling Faculty.
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 8:00AM – 5:30PM, & Friday 8:00AM – 2:30PM
Dr. Gonzales noted that "the impact of race-related inequity is still profound, and there is much left to do before we achieve a racially just and equitable society." As a College, we remain dedicated to the commitments we made last year at CGCC to close equity gaps and eliminate systemic racism. The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Governance Council is leading efforts to create a college wide plan that reflects these priorities and captures our collective efforts to make systemic change and create a community where all students and employees can thrive. I want to thank the members of the Black/African American Advisory Council (BAAAC) for their courage, advocacy, and vigilance as we identify systems and structures we need to change.
We have a lot of good work yet to do, work that is meant for us to do together.
Additional resources may also be found on Counseling's website. There you may find helpful resources about crisis services, basic needs, mental health, and many more topics. For questions call our office 480-732-7158.
APA Anti-Racism Resources: https://www.apadivisions.org/division-37/resources/anti-racism
- Includes this link for Mental Health Resources for Young People of Color: https://onlinecounselingprograms.com/resources/mental-health-resources-students-of-color/
Association of Black Psychologists' website: https://abpsi.org/
- Resource from ABPsi - Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
List of Diversity and Anti-Racism Resources from Yale Psychology Department Clinic: https://ypdc.yale.edu/diversity-and-anti-racism-resources
- Includes: BEAM - Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective Tool Kits & Resources: https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education
- NAMI page for Black/African American individuals: https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American
- Self magazine article "44 Mental Health Resources of Black People Trying to Survive in this Country" https://www.self.com/story/black-mental-health-resources
Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/healing-through-social-justice/201911/radical-self-care-in-the-face-mounting-racial-stress
APA Racial Stress and Self-Care Parent Tip Tool: https://www.apa.org/res/parent-resources/racial-stress