Responding to Racism
The MGH Institute recognizes that structural racism negatively impacts the lives of our students, our faculty and staff, and, ultimately, the health of our communities. Although much work remains to be done to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate inequities, the MGH Institute would like to make resources available to support faculty in creating a learning environment conducive to open dialogue and critical reflection.
The psychological toll of social distancing, racism, and xenophobia is in our hearts and on our minds. You may be wondering how to acknowledge this with colleagues and/or students. One way to open the conversation could be: “I want to acknowledge that there is a lot going on in our society right now (and a lot for us to be upset and angry about, including systemic racism in our country). I know that I personally need time during the day to pause and process, so I know this may be on your mind too. If you are struggling or just want to share how you are feeling at any point, please know that I am here to listen.”
The first set of resources addresses the vicarious trauma that students of color may experience that detracts from their learning. The second set of resources offers guidance to faculty on how to conduct authentic conversations with their students about racism.
- Counseling (mental health, financial, grief, addiction, more) - (866) 724-4327 to schedule an appointment
- McLean Hospital COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (articles, live and recorded webinars)
- Mental Health Resources for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
Response to Racism/Unrest
- Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself. The Conversation, n.d.
- Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media is Enough. The Root, 7/8/2016.
Mass General Brigham have made two clinically vetted apps available to all employees and students during the COVID-19 crisis. You’ll just need to register using your IHP email address:
What does Trauma Informed Teaching Look Like? Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/4/2020.
Racial Equity in Schools: The Roles and Responsibilities of White Educators [Video]. Vermont Higher Education Collaborative and Equity Literacy Institute, 1/6/2020.
Disaster Response: Psychological First Aid. SAMHSA, 1/2005.
'We Can't Ignore This Issue': How to Talk with Students about Racism. Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/18/2020.