Advocates for social justice believe all members of society should have equal rights and access to opportunities.  This foundational belief is an important part of UMSL Counseling Services' commitment to supporting a culturally diverse campus.  The purpose of this page is to provide information designed to help readers grow in awareness of factors related to age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status; avoid discrimination; and oppose unjust practices.  To ignore these issues and sit quietly while injustice erodes the mental health of our students, colleagues, and members of our community would be incongruent with our role of psychological service providers to UMSL.  We hope these resources will be a source of growth and understanding that helps each person find their role in the fight for equality.  If you would like to suggest an article for inclusion, let us know!

If you'd like to learn more, please join us September 20th for Get In Formation: Introduction to Social Justice!

Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Other Flipsides of Privilege

The Work: Avoiding Discrimination and Opposing Unjust Practices

Coping with Critical Incidents

Coping with Feeling Attacked 

Confronting our own internalized prejudice, the pain experienced by others, and other effects of privilege often brings discomfort, which leads to fear, denial, isolation, avoidance, and hostility.  These feelings can be relieved by shifting from focusing solely on one's own perspective to enhancing and changing that perspective by incorporating others' experiences and worldviews.  Additional benefits include increased awareness and openness; more complex, rewarding interactions and relationships; and a world in which diversity is integrated and celebrated.  The articles below are useful in navigating the process in a way that feels less threatening and/or guilt-inducing.