Combatting racism is hard work. And it’s not always easy to find the kind of resources necessary to help foster difficult, yet constructive conversations on issues of race, privilege, equity, and justice. Across many 2U-powered degree programs, particularly in disciplines like social work, psychology, and counseling, these important issues are an integral part of the curriculum.
Since education can be a powerful force in driving positive change, we wanted to share some valuable resources from our university partners in hopes that the information will foster action-oriented progress.
The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege
Geared toward teachers, youth group facilitators, student affairs personnel, or anyone who manages a team that works with an underserved population, this toolkit, from the online Master of Social Work Program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, was designed to encourage productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships. Training of this kind can provide historical context about the politics of identity and the dynamics of power and privilege or help build greater self-awareness.
Speak Up: Opening a Dialogue with Youth About Racism
The USC Rossier School of Education Master of Education in School Counseling online program created a collection of resources aimed at answering some of the questions that children in the classroom may ask about racism and bias and prompting needed discussions about identity, inequality, and education for children of color.
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
The online Master of Arts in Psychology program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine) put together a guide to understand where prejudice comes from, what it looks like, and how we can help others who are experiencing it.
Empowering Adopted Children of Color in the Face of Racism and Discrimination
Adoptive parents who do not share the same race as their children will confront discrimination or racism faced by their children. Child advocates say that in order to prepare children to handle racial trauma, adoptive parents must help them develop a strong sense of racial identity. This is another resource from the OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine program.
Racial Trauma in Film: How Viewers Can Address Re-traumatization
Re-traumatization occurs when an event or the witnessing of an event elicits symptoms of a past trauma. Re-traumatization by film can have profound effects on one’s mental health and well-being. This guide, from the Counseling@Northwestern program, the online Master of Arts in Counseling Program from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, includes five things you can do if you experience re-traumatization from media and film.
Citizen Journalism and Political Protests
The field of journalism is rife with risks. Understanding rights, while balancing these risks, can make all the difference to citizen journalists and aspiring reporters. This resource from the Communications@Syracuse program, the Online Master’s in Communications from Syracuse University, can help.
Overcoming Trauma and PTSD Associated with Physical Spaces
Traumas can be brought on by any emotionally disturbing or distressing event, and each person recovers uniquely because they process the event through their own lens of personal experiences. For some, returning to a space where trauma occurred can evoke intense emotional and physiological reactions. From the OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine program, this guide presents helpful coping strategies.
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