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, please select the corresponding year:

The upcoming dates for WG4RE 2021 Discussions (all on Zoom)

Tuesday, November 16th:  High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
 
Tuesday, December 21st: The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love
 
Tuesday, January 18th:  The Summer of Soul

Current groups

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Tuesday, October 19th 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm

EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group

Please join the Work Group for Racial Equity on Tuesday, October 19th to discuss

How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

by poet/scholar/journalist/educator Clint Smith

 

This book is a travelogue through time, history and culture that takes us on a journey through nine different geographical locations in the United States with a final stop in Africa.  Throughout his travels, Smith shares his observations, reactions, knowledge and research.  He effectively provides a constructive reckoning of the distorted and mostly forgotten history of slavery.  Smith is bold, yet movingly sensitive, as he confronts so many misconceptions, omissions and myths.  This is a powerful discourse providing an invaluable opportunity for Americans to explore and confront the denial, cognitive dissonance, rationalization, and delusional thinking at work among those who fail to acknowledge the evil of racism in our society.

If you are short of time, you might want to view one of the following interviews with Clint Smith about this and some of his other profoundly affecting works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABZPeRd1QHQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcE_pn52LF4

as Poet:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTj6N1Im4FU

as Researcher:  https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/07/clint-smith-discusses-latest-book-on-legacy-of-slavery/

 

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The Work Group for Racial Equity is a "drop in” group for everyone, EGPS members and not-yet members. You are invited to participate whenever you can. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday evening of the month to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts and articles. Further information about the workgroup can be found on the EGPS website at https://egps.org/work-group-racial-equity.php