The mission of the Counseling Center is to encourage individuals to develop their unique potential by providing services and programs in a supportive environment.
Anti-racism and Solidarity Statement
NDSU Counseling Center affirms our commitment to recognize the impact that racism, xenophobia, and transphobia have on the mental health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). We stand in solidarity with our BIPOC students, staff, and faculty and denounce the rise of overt racism and xenophobia. As mental health professionals, we understand the impact of oppressive and harmful systems on the mental health and well-being of BIPOC, and at the same time, acknowledge that we will never fully grasp the pain and trauma unless we have experienced it ourselves.
As we continue to uncover and confront the deep entrenchment of institutional racism in this country, we are committed to evolving and growing in our counseling work to better serve our students. NDSU Counseling Center staff will continue to engage in work related to fostering our cultural competencies through ongoing training, specifically targeted at dismantling racism along with examination of our own inherent biases, and promoting anti-racism cultural competencies in the therapeutic process.
We encourage you to contact our center if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. We hope that the resources below resonate with the NDSU community as ways in which we can both support those who are hurting and join together to facilitate a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.
Diversity Solidarity and Empowerment Group
- This support group is intended for self-identified BIPOC students as an opportunity to center the healing of our individual and collective racial trauma in solidarity and supportive community. The purpose of this group is to build support and solidarity it is not a therapy group. Each session is intended to hold space for vulnerability and conversation as we endeavor to unpack the complexities of racial trauma.
- Meets via Microsoft Teams on Mondays 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Starting January 25, 2021.
- Facilitated by Terrijann MullenDahlberg and Annette Ruiz
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Please call the center (701) 231-7671 to schedule an appointment. When closed, the after-hours FirstLink hotline will be available to help you (First Link hotline 24/7 on-call).
Resources for Black Individuals and Communities
- Black Lives Matter: Meditations
- Black Lives Matter: Toolkits
- Common Coping Strategies
- Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets, White Allies, and Bystanders
- Discrimination: What It Is and How to Cope
- Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color
- Filling Our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing
- Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself
- Healing Justice is How We Can Sustain Black Lives
- Liberate Meditation App (by and for people of color)
- NAMI: African American Mental Health
- Proactively Coping with Racism
- Racial Trauma is Real
- Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress
- Racism Recovery Steps
- Recovering Emotionally From Disaster
- Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence
- Talking about Race: Self-Care
- Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media is Enough
- Tips for Supporting Each Other
- We Heal Too
Books to Read On Anti-racism
- How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
- 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
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
History of Racism
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi