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 book Just Mercy

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

EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group

The Work Group for Racial Equity meets monthly to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts, and articles. Further information can be found on the EGPS website at www.egps.org.

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

Zoom discussion on book Just Mercy If you haven't read the book, watch Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKdwdPk_scU and join our discussion. We hope you'll be inspired to read the book.

 

 

Scholar, lawyer, and human rights activist Bryan Stevenson describes his journey from childhood in rural Delaware to fierce and compassionate human rights activist in his 2014 book, Just Mercy . He is a storyteller who will expand our understanding of hope, justice, and mercy. Stevenson inspired the creation of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama that EGPS members and families will visit in January. 


Discussion in person in Montgomery, Alabama

Monday, January 21st 12:00 am to 12:00 am

Discussion in person in Montgomery, Alabama

January 21, 2019

The Work Group for Racial Equity will convene an in-person gathering as part of the Witness to History Expedition in Montgomery Alabama, following our visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. We invite EGPS members near and far to reflect on the impact that the racial terrorism of lynching has on our lives.


Zoom discussion on film “Sorry to Bother You

Monday, February 18th 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 film “Sorry to Bother You”

February 18, 2019

Boots Riley‘s award-winning film, Sorry to Bother You  is a gut-churning satire about inequities in our country. No more hints. If you haven’t seen the film, find it in theaters and on Amazon. Join us to talk, laugh, and rage together.


Zoom discussion on book A Colony in a Nation

Monday, March 18th 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 book A Colony in a Nation

March 18, 2019

News anchor Chris Hayes’ A Colony in a Nation exposes the relationship between policing and racial inequality. These arrangements of power continue to instill fear in our communities and in our groups.  Please read and let’s learn together.

 


Zoom discussion on film “Cornered”

Monday, April 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 film “Cornered”

April 15, 2019

Artist and scholar Adrian Piper tackles the complexity of race in her short film Cornered  See it. Feel it. React and respond in conversation. 


Zoom discussion on book Ain’t I a Woman?

Monday, May 20th 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 book Ain’t I a Woman?

May 20, 2019

Poet, scholar, author, activist, feminist, Black woman, bell hooks’ broke many new grounds when she wrote, Ain’t I a Woman?.  Join us to discuss this powerful testament to Black women and feminism.


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.