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Resources for Women of Color

AWIS has curated these resources to help women negatively impacted by systemic racism.  

AWIS staff are taking specific steps to address systemic racism, educate others, and create a more inclusive association. We realize our members of color, especially Black women, are hurting. Here are some resources to support you.

These resources will continue to be developed. If you have feedback or would like to collaborate with us on these resources, please reach out. We are here for you and we are listening.

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Rest and Wellness
  • Essence Magazine ArticleDear Black Woman: It’s OK If You Need a Day Off From Fighting Racism. Give yourself permission to rest. “After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”  
  • The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the healing power of rest and collective napping. “Rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy.” 
  • Afro Flow Yoga infuses dance movements of the African Diaspora with a meditative yoga sequence and live healing music. “By connecting to our roots, we inspire unity, love, harmony and interconnection to all beings and the earth while striving for social justice and equity.” 
  • Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma: Dr. Candice Nicole offers a free, 17-minute guided meditation to reduce stress and re-center you using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness). 
Mental Health

If you are looking for mental health support during this time, here are some tools and communities that may be able to help.

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) is a community of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists dedicated to removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance is a private nonprofit which educates the community and provides referrals to culturally-relevant clinicians for mental health consultations and treatment.  
  • The Summit Wellness Group – Written and curated by women of color, this site features mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC community.
  • Soul 2 Soul Sisters is a grassroots, non-profit focused on “Black Womxn-centered education, organizing, leadership development, as well as self and sisterly care and healing.”  
  • Therapists of Color – Locate resources and therapists who can better relate and empathize with you.  
  • The Safe Place is a free, mental health app created by Jasmin Pierre to raise awareness of mental illness in the Black community.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress as well as crisis resources.
  • Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the American Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
  • Hardships and Hope: Mental Health in Underrepresented Students provides research and information around the unique challenges that affect mental health among BIPOC, immigrant, and ESL students.

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