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 CAPS Statement on Dismantling Oppression

Counseling and Psychological Services

Date: June 1, 2020

Subject: Dismantling Oppression

The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) join the UC San Diego community in collective mourning and outrage at the violence that continues to be perpetrated on Black, Indigenous, & People of Color communities (BIPOC). We recognize that Black deaths and the related protests are a culmination of hundreds of years of anti-Black brutality. The trauma from living in a country that perpetuates the long-term impacts of slavery cannot be healed until systems of oppression are dismantled. We are called to strive daily to understand how we, as individuals and as an organization, can dismantle systems of oppression such as white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy and xenophobia. We must be accountable to our community as we move to confront these biased systems. We commit to an ongoing dialog geared toward creating change in our department and community, and we will develop and post on our website a list of our plans for action. It is a critical time for us all to gather to affirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. If you would like support with coping and healing, CAPS is available 24/7, even during the COVID-19 closures, to be in community with you, to provide counseling, to be a listening ear, and to stand firm against social injustices. If you know of other ways we can serve the community, please contact us.

The Staff at Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS Statement Letter on Dismantling Oppression

Our Community

CAPS is here to support students and the campus community due to recent events in our country. CAPS is open and available to provide assistance to students during this difficult time. To talk with a counselor 24/7, please call us at 858-534-3755.

Resources for Black and African American Students
Resources for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
Resources for Non-Black People of Color
Resources for Allies
  • Asian Pacific Islander’s for Black Lives Matter: Tran, N., Nakamura, N., Kim, G. S., Khera, G. S., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2018). #APIsforBlackLives: Unpacking the interracial discourse on the Asian American Pacific Islander and Black communities. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4(2), 73-84.
  • Hope, E. C., Hoggard, L. S., & Thomas, A. (2016). Becoming an adult in the face of racism. Monitor on Psychology, 47(6), 35-38.
  • Gee, G. C., Hing, A., Mohammed, S., Tabor, D. C., & Williams, D. R. (2019). Racism and the life course: taking time seriously. American journal of public health, 109(S1), S43-S47.
  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22775522-race-talk-and-the-conspiracy-of-silence