George Floyd’s death at the hands of police — and the deaths of Black Americans in the weeks prior and after — happened during an already traumatic time for the U.S. and the world. The global pandemic of COVID-19 showed us just how deeply health inequities go in our country. As significantly higher death rates ravaged our most vulnerable communities, we couldn’t even comfort each other in person or turn to our traditional ways of processing and mourning.
As a result, when we witnessed George Floyd’s lynching, our response focused on him, but was about more than him alone. George Floyd’s death served as a very visual metaphor for the insidious and systemic nature of racism. In the weeks following, people from every walk of life took to the streets — a multicultural coalition of citizens standing up for justice, while also deeply in mourning. Their actions give us hope. And our position as thought leaders in Chicago and the broader therapy world, empower us to enact radical changes.
We’ve always sought to diversify the field of therapy, and we’re honored that almost half of our student body is made up of people of color. Yet, the need to continue to push for diverse voices and leaders in therapy is incredibly apparent right now, and we want to give our students, clients, and providers everything they need to address the systemic issues that too many of us have accepted for too long.
We’ll post updates on our efforts here. Please be in touch if there’s anything you’d like us to know or consider. Thank you.