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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

Current groups

Work Group for Racial Equity - July Discussion

Monday, July 17th 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm

How do we understand the fears imbedded in acts of racial hatred? As professionals, we're particularly attuned to in­group and out­group fears that are re­enacted in these violent crimes. Each month on the 3rd Monday the EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity hosts a discussion via Zoom about a salient piece of writing or film about racial justice. Please join us by clicking on the Zoom link above or by telephone 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 927 269 694. This is a "drop in group". That means that you are invited to participate whenever you can. Participation is not limited to EGPS members, so please invite colleagues who are interested in the discussion and other EGPS events.

July 17th 8:30-9:45pm: In advance of the discussion meeting, please read Trevor Noah's thoughtful, horrifying, and hilarious memoir Born A Crime.

We encourage emotional risk­ taking in each discussion. Be prepared to share how the article or film emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually impacted you. During the discussion, be brave about sharing and listening deeply.


If you have questions about how to join the Work Group for Racial Equity discussions, contact us:

Christine Schmidt

Rudy Lucas