Support and Healing

June 3, 2020

A Message from ARC President Thomas Greene

I wanted to follow-up on the May 31 message by Chancellor King and our four college presidents by sharing with you that I’m heartbroken and overwhelmed with the still growing list of Black people killed in this country and subsequent violence against those calling for justice. 

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery—each of these human lives lost represent just a few of the growing number of stories of those who have been killed for being Black.  Not to mention the countless other overt and covert discriminations that Black people navigate every day of their lives. 

The context of these senseless killings occurring during a global pandemic that is disproportionately impacting Black, indigenous, Pacific Islander, and other marginalized communities is not lost on me. While we grieve over 100,000 people lost, those we may still lose, changed relationships, missed opportunities, and a “new normal”, this pandemic has thrown in stark relief the multiple ways in which our society is inequitable and those communities most impacted are those who are already vulnerable. This reality is being felt by members of the Black community in massive loss of life as well as economic devastation. 

We unequivocally condemn racism and Anti-Blackness. There are no statements of acceptance, tolerance, diversity, equity and inclusion that any campus administrator can write that will meaningfully address and deconstruct the system of white supremacy that is the bedrock of our country. 

In these unprecedented times of national crisis, it is my hope we can concentrate our collective anguish and outrage on confronting and finding solutions to these structural and systemic inequities impacting our students and employees. This begins with reaffirming our shared vision to the success of our students and our commitment to social justice and equity.  It requires all of us to accelerate the full implementation of our Institutional Equity Plan and the recently adopted recommendations from our project teams focused on improving the success of our Black, Latinx and Native American students. I have asked the leaders of these project teams to come together this week to seek their counsel for ways we can support our community and accelerate these recommendations.

We are also holding spaces beginning this week for connection and support. The Office of Equity and Inclusion and other campus partners will be providingdistinct support spaces to ensure that our student and employee communities feel fully able to participate and seek healing from racial traumas.  

In addition to these sessions, the Health and Wellness Center will have Drs. Tiffany Mimms and Chase Moore (professional psychologists) available throughout the week to students seeking virtual 1:1 support regarding racial trauma. Please contact healthcenter@arc.losrios.eduThe Counseling Center will also provide virtual/online options for students seeking support. 

Lastly, if any ARC employee is in need of support, assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP offers assessment, short-term counseling and referrals to support faculty and staff free of charge.

A message from Nick Daily, Interim Dean, Office of Equity and Inclusion

President Greene expanded on Chancellor King’s comments related to current events following the killing of George Floyd and the multitudes of other lives lost that Black historians have been documenting since Ida B. Wells and prior. The Office of Equity and Inclusion is committed to centering the humanity and dignity of all people while challenging power, privilege, and oppression. This commitment necessitates that speak out when we witness injustices that exacerbate the ever present threat to life and also that we bring the community together in an effort to center ourselves and our healing when we are dehumanized and become desensitized to the traumas we encounter in person, in the media, and online. 

In an effort to support our community, The Office of Equity and Inclusion and other campus partners are coming together to hold spaces for healing and connection. The first was held Monday, June 1.

Student Healing Circles

Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:00pm

RSVP IS REQUIRED BEFORE 11AM ON JUNE 3RD!

We are providing these three distinct support spaces as to ensure that communities feel fully able to participate and seek healing for racial traumas. These spaces are imperfect but we encourage you to register for the space that is most connected to your experience and how you identify.

STUDENTS OF AFRICAN DESCENT: https://bit.ly/BlkHealing 

NON-BLACK STUDENTS OF COLOR: https://bit.ly/SOCHeal 

WHITE-IDENTIFIED STUDENTS : https://bit.ly/RaceHeal (case-sensitive)

These sessions will use poetry, meditation/recitation, and community processing to explore what we may need so "That We May Heal".

These intentional facilitated spaces are for students and employees healing from racial trauma. We are providing these distinct support spaces to ensure that communities feel fully able to participate and seek healing from racial traumas.

Sessions will not be recorded. We welcome you to join us as we seek healing through meditation, poetry, and connection. For More Information: Office of Equity and Inclusion, ARC-Equity@arc.losrios.edu 

In addition to these sessions and the resources mentioned by President Greene, students can reach out to our new Medical and Mental Health Resource, Campus.Health by TimelyMD . Whether you're feeling sick or overwhelmed, you will be able to talk to a licensed provider for no additional cost from your smartphone or any web-enabled device. Campus.Health's medical providers can diagnose common conditions (i.e. cold, flu, sinus infection) and the TalkNow service gives students a safe space to talk (i.e. anxiety surrounding COVID-19, relationship issues, depression, racial trauma). To get started, go to https://timely.care/ and register with your Los Rios Gmail address. Once logged in, you can choose to have a voice or video call. At checkout, enter the coupon code ARC2020 .

I know that many of us are hurting, many of us are confused, and many of us are downright angry. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the mental health and healing resources listed above, or each other to remain connected and in community. The goals of these systems of power is to divide and dehumanize us, but I know that the roots of the ARC community are deep and interconnected and we will continue to fight for justice, equity, and community.

So many aspects of this situation continue to change and we will keep you updated on opportunities to continue to come together and explore these and other equity realities. 

Below, we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of supportive and educational resources for our community.  

Resources for Healing From Race-Based Trauma:

 Educational Resources for Racial Justice

 Book Resources for Racial Justice: 

  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  • Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Racial Formation in the United States by Omi and Winant
  • Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • The Color of Law by Rothstein

Anti-Racism and Allyship Resources

Related Links

Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is a mission-driven office that promotes and fosters a community that is safe, inclusive, and equitable for all community members learning and working at American River College.

Umoja Sakhu Learning Community
Umoja Sakhu is open to all students and increases the success, graduation, and transfer rates of African ancestry students.