EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity

Mission Statement

The Work Group for Racial Equity of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society aims to initiate opportunities for members to examine how racism is embedded in individuals’ unconscious, in groups, and in our organization. Utilizing a collaborative process, the work group supports EGPS efforts to integrate awareness about race and racism in professional events and presentations.

The Work Group also seeks to enhance members’ understanding of the impact of institutional racism on their work, encourages members’ examination of internalized racial oppression and works with the Board of Directors to strengthen our racial equity lens.

Healing from racial injustice is a result of learning and struggling together. We hope all members will join EGPS in this work.

For more information contact:

Rudy Lucas or Christine Schmidt

For a list of resources suggested by the Work Group for Racial Equity and books reviewed by EGPS members, please click here

For a list of works that inspired monthly WG4RE discussions, click here


Current groups

Zoom discussion on article “Racial Melancholia” and PBS documentary

Monday, June 17th 8:30 am to 9:45 pm

The Work Group for Racial Equity meets monthly to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts, and articles. Join us! We are a "drop in group."  You are invited to participate whenever you can. Connect via Zoom link on the third Monday evening of the month (https://zoom.us/j/128780416 or 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 128 780 416) except for announced in-person gatherings.

Zoom discussion on article “Racial Melancholia” and PBS documentary

June 17, 2019

“Racial Melancholia”,  is a seminal psychoanalytic article by David Eng and Shinhee Han about the impossibility for Asian American immigrants to attain whiteness. As a counterpoint to Freud’s theory about melancholia, this is essential psychoanalytic literature about how racial oppression becomes internalized. Read and join us in discussion

Note:   After reading the article, you may also want to view

PBS’s The American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act 


Zoom discussion on “25 Mini-films for Exploring Race”

Monday, July 15th 8:30 am to 9:45 pm

The Work Group for Racial Equity meets monthly to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts, and articles. Join us! We are a "drop in group."  You are invited to participate whenever you can. Connect via Zoom link on the third Monday evening of the month (https://zoom.us/j/128780416 or 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 128 780 416) except for announced in-person gatherings.

Zoom discussion on “25 Mini-films for Exploring Race”

July 15, 2019

In 2017 the New York Times produced 25 Mini-films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students.  Watch the films and join us in discussion. They will provoke thoughts and stimulate a productive conversation.