BIPOC Resources to Ensure Safety and Support for College Campuses
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The current climate, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has created a hostile environment for BIPOC communities on college campuses, facing discrimination and feeling unsafe. Racism has a negative and direct impact on mental health. With college campuses being affected by budget cuts and facing the deficits of the previous semester, students will experience even more of an effect with loss of resources. We, #IAmInitiative ( #IAmNotAVirus) and MURAL, have teamed together in creating an extensive resource guide to assist BIPOC communities on college campuses with the aftermath of COVID-19.
With many college campuses looking to open for Fall 2020, we call on these institutions to guarantee that BIPOC communities are met with acceptance, resources, and safety. We suggest that the school take on these actions to ensure an inclusive environments for their students:
This is by no means a comprehensive or complete document, and we encourage you to join us by adding links to other resources that you have found or have created yourself. As the world constantly changes, we are calling on institutions or other individuals to provide free, shareable resources to students in need. If you have partners, sponsors, or a network that would be willing to help uplift this initiative to provide resources we ask that you reach out to them. If you would like to add any resources, please fill out this form or email email@example.com
Emergency Medical Services - 911: Available 24 hours a day for potentially life-threatening occurrences that require immediate emergency assistance.
Depression Hotline - 1-630-482-9696
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline - 1-800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK(8255): Trained crisis workers are avaible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist when you or someone you know are in suicidal or in emotional distress. Offers crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline - 1-877-726-4727: General information on mental health and locate treatment services in the area. Speak to a live person Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm EST.
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386, Text “START” to 678678
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
TrevorLifeline — A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
TrevorText — Text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 7 Days A Week, (6am–1am ET/3am–10pm PT).
Trans Lifeline English: 877-565-8860
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990: Offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week assistance from a crisis counselor for those experiencing emotional distress related to national or human-caused disaster. Toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support services.
Crisis Call Center - 1-755-784-8090 or text ANSWER to 839863: Offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support for individuals in any type of crisis.
Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741: Offered 24 hours a days, 7 days a week to talk to a live, trained Crisis Counselor who will help you from a hot moment to a cool moment.
SASS Crisis and Support Line English: 1-844-404-7277 (toll-free) Spanish: 1-800-788-4727 (toll-free)
Crisis and support lines are available 24 hours a day to those who have recently experienced a sexual assault, survivors of past sexual violence, and for friends, families or partners of those victimized by sexual assault or abuse. Information and referrals to Lane County resources, counselors and attorneys are available by calling this line.
English: 1-844-404-7277 (toll-free)
Spanish: 1-800-788-4727 (toll-free)
Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) - 1-800-656-HOPE
National Domestic Violence Hotline/ Child Abuse/ Sexual Abuse - 1-800-799-7233
Boys & Girls Town National Hotline - 1-800-448-3000 : If you are in crisis or need immediate help, call the trained counselors at the Boys Town National Hotline®.
Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255: Press 1 to speak to a caring and qualified responder with the Department of Veterans Affairs or text 838255. Open for Veterans, service members, and their family members and friends 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
United Way 211: 211
211 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
Mental Health Resources:
Mental Health America COVID Resources: To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.
Friends of Ruby: Free online counseling and support for 2SLGTBQ youth. Email to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers daily and weekly check-ins, case management, scheduled counseling by trained and licensed professionals. Canada based, but open to all.
Ray: A free and safe space for individuals to share their feelings of heightened level of stress, anxiety, and isolation due to Covid-19 by speaking with a Mental Wellness Supporter.
IMAlive: A free, confidential, and secure online chat service for people that need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.
Black Specific Resources
State Specific Resources: Database of Localized Resources During COVID 19 Outbreak https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1HEdNpLB5p-sieHVK-CtS8_N7SIUhlMpY6q1e8Je0ToY/edit
Mutual Aid Hub (https://www.mutualaidhub.org/)
Mutual Aid networks are available to provide, exchange, and amplify local mutual aid organizers. People can sign up on the website to ask for services and help of many various resources.
MANRRS is an organization that fosters and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. They work to ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields.
National Urban League (https://nul.org/)
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice. Their mission is to help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.
Greek Life: http://www.blackgreek.com/,
There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Collectively, these organizations are referred to as "The Divine Nine." Each of these fraternities and sororities is rich in history - ties to one or more of these organizations may be found in many college-educated Black families in the United States.
Mental Health: https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
Animation: https://blackwomenanimate.com/ABOUT ,
Founded by visionary creative Taylor K. Shaw in collaboration with Managing Partner JLove Calderón—Black Women Animate is a mission-driven animation studio that creates original content and offers production services to the industry’s top studios and production companies.
Black Students in STEM: https://guides.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/c.php?g=285559&p=1901689
Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This library guide seeks to center the voices and lived experiences of people of color (POC) in STEM.
Black Accountants: https://www.nabainc.org/
The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions.
Black Businesses/ Entrepreneurs: https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/
A platform for Black Businesses and entrepreneurs in your area for you to support.
LatinX Specific Resources
Therapy for Latinx: national mental health resource for the Latinx community; provides resources for Latinx community to heal, thrive, and become advocates for
their own mental health.
Mental Health America: Resources (in Spanish (some English)) for mental health such as infographics, screening tools, worksheets, and action steps to take for better mental health. https://www.mhanational.org/issues/latinxhispanic-communities-and-mental-health
A 90-minute program to increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by sharing the presenters’ journeys to recovery and exploring signs and symptoms of mental health conditions. The program also highlights how and where to find help. https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/What-Can-I-Do-/Become-a-Leader-in-the-Mental-Health-Movement/Compartiendo-Esperanza-Speaking-with-Latinos-abou
Psychology Today: A directory of Latinx/Hispanic therapists. http://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/hispanic-and-latino
LULAC Kit de Recursos para COVID-19
Contiene información sobre COVID-19 y recursos educacionales, con información sobre distribución y envíos de comida https://lulac.org/covid19/
Communication Toolkit for Public Health Professionals, Health Departments, Community Organizations, and Healthcare Systems
IAPALA’s Covid-19 Community Fund: In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to support the APALA/IAPALA family. Many AAPI families are ineligible for other forms of government assistance due to immigration status or other barriers. IAPALA will prioritize serving families and workers who cannot access public assistance or other forms of financial support.
LGBT Funders: As with many crises, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact in LGBTQ communities and other marginalized communities.
Trans Equality: Mutual Aid and Emergency Funds
Emergency Grants and Resources for Artists
Phone Application (Apps) Resources:
Ayana: Matches users with licensed mental health professionals based on gender, orientation, ethnicity, culture, class, language, and values on a video-enabled platform, with text and calls with their matched mental health professionals as needed. Offered for Android and Apple devices.
Diversity and Mental Health Trainings:
Alive! Mental Health Fair: Fun, interactive and educational suicide provention program aimed at college students. The event raises awareness, trains students to recognize warning signs and help start the conversation about mental illness and suicide prevention from students.
Show Up: Your Guide to Bystander Intervention: Creating a safe public space by supporting each other when we’re harassed. https://www.ihollaback.org/app/uploads/2016/11/Show-Up_CUPxHollaback.pdf
Let’s Talk! Facilitating Critical Conversations With Students: This guide offers classroom-ready strategies you can use to plan discussions and to facilitate these conversations with your students and colleagues.
How to Respond to Coronavius Racism: As COVID-19 infections increase, so too does racism and xenophobia. Let people know that racist or xenophobic comments about coronavirus or anything else is not tolerated.
IMPACT Bay Area Online Classes: IMPACT Bay Area is offering online classes to empower the community during the pandemic. From using your voice to expanding your self-care toolkit, we are here to help you and your loved ones grow your safety and confidence while remaining safe at home in support of public health.
SAMHSA Health Disparities Between Latino and African American Communities
Presenters explain how peer navigators used their lived experience with serious mental illness to help individuals receiving services meet their health needs in an often-fragmented healthcare system.
SAMHSA Culture and Diversity in Behavioral Health Training
Purdue University: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion
Free online 3 week class that develops your attitudes, skills, and knowledge on cultural diversity in order to create inclusive environments.
Gender, Equality, and Sexual Diversity Training, Udemy
Covers history of gender and sexual inequality, international norms, different forms of discrimination, and how institutions are fighting for these rights.
Unconscious Bias, Microsoft
Self paced, where you deepen your understanding of unconscious biases, how they influence behavior, and how they impact us all. You'll also learn numerous actions you can take to help counter bias in your own work environment.
Immigrants Rising’s Virtual Wellness Gatherings: “Led by Liliana Campos, Immigrants Rising’s Mental Health Advocate, these virtual gatherings will convene experienced facilitators—psychologists, coaches, traditional healers—to guide undocumented individuals through interactive activities. Liliana will also share resources for participants to check out on their own throughout the week.” Meetings will be every Sunday and Wednesday from 5pm – 6pm Pacific Time.
Informed Immigrant’s Mental Health Guide
Informed Immigrant, a collective of immigrant-serving organizations, lawyers, technologists, and allies dedicated to working with the undocumented immigrant community, has created the guide: “Mental Health: Taking Care of Yourself and Loved Ones,” which has resources for caring for loved ones, finding emotional support, recognizing anxiety, and cultivating joy.
Videos for Parents on handling COVID19 related Xenophobia and Racism from the APA and the APA Division 45
Report Hate and Discrimination:
StandAgainstHate: Accessible in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Capture information about the increase in hate the Asian American community has been facing. Used to document hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination experienced by the Asian community. People submit reports which aids in the efforts to monitor and push back against hate. “By sharing what you experienced or witnessed, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen advocacy efforts for hate crimes response and prevention.”
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council: A3PCON encourages those who have witnessed or experienced micro-aggressions, bullying, harassment, hate speech, or violence to help document these events. The more information collected, the better they can respond and prevent further incidents from occurring.
The FBI is required to conduct a thorough investigation on every hate crime reported to their offices. They have found that police precincts have been purposefully ignoring hate crimes cases in order to report a decrease in hate crimes. They encourage everyone to report hate crimes directly to the FBI through their online tips, or by calling their local office. https://www.fbi.gov/tips
Suggested Articles to Understand Certain BIPOC Experience:
Toolkit for “I Am Asian American”: Provides professional development resources to assist educators reflect on their assumptions and knowledge gaps about Asian Americans while encouraging them to use Asian-American voices in curriculum.
Mental Health Support for Students of Color During and After the Coronavirus Pandemic:
BIPOC students are experiencing all of these traumas on top of the isolation of social distancing and remote learning.
Resources for Undocumented Communties During Covid-19:
Immigrants Rising: Tangible Support for Undocumented Communties During Covid-19: Immigrants Rising is commited to serving undocumented communities during Covid-10. These resources have been collected to help undocumented immigrants navitage the crisis.
Undocumented Family Fund
A resource for undocumented families to request funds to support their needs during COVID crisis.
Link to request a free protective mask to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Healthcare access for undocumented people during the COVID-19 crisis
Although many undocumented individuals do not have access to good health insurance there are clinics that will help them durin this crisis. This website lists by state what free clinics are available, and has links for other resource guides that list even more clinics to use.
Free clinics directory
A directory of free clinics that will treat undocumented people regardless of insurance
Coronavirus Education Materials in Indigenous Languages, Dialects and Spanish
FREE INTERNET FROM SPECTRUM
60 days of free Spectrum broadband and wifi access for families with kids in K-12 and college students who are homebound due to the pandemic. They also have waived installation fees, call (833) 267-6094
Public Health Fact Sheet in 11 languages
Stay informed in your native language with this fact sheet. http://bit.ly/39L3qzv
United We Dream: Undocumented Friendly Care Centers
List of care centers that will treat undocumented people