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 - May Discussion

Monday, May 15th 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 https://zoom.us/j/927269694 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.

May 15th 8:30­ - 9:45pm discussion meeting:
In advance of the meeting, please watch Raoul Peck's James Baldwin film I Am Not Your Negro

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 cschmidt535@gmail.com

Rudy Lucas rudylucas@gmail.com

 


Work Group for Racial Equity - June Discussion

Monday, June 19th 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 https://zoom.us/j/927269694 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.

June 19th 8:30­ - 9:45pm discussion meeting:
In advance of the meeting, please watch Jordan Peele's film Get Out.

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 cschmidt535@gmail.com

Rudy Lucas rudylucas@gmail.com