Last updated January 2021.
At The Dorm, we believe that Black Lives Matter.
We also acknowledge that too little has been done to promote anti-racism and the centering of Black experiences in our mental health industry for the Black community.
It is our commitment to learn and educate ourselves on the changes we need to make to better combat systemic racism, to support and work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and to promote diversity, justice, equity and the amplification of Black voices.
As an organization, we have the responsibility to hold ourselves accountable and, most importantly, to take action.
Initiatives for Investing in BIPOC Mental Health & Access
To help address the deep and systemic barriers to mental health access experienced by BIPOC we are doing the following:
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- As an organization, we provide up to $500,000 annually to support mental health treatment and care for BIPOC at The Dorm.
- We are committed to supporting outside organizations and nonprofits that support, amplify and center BIPOC mental health needs and the values of social justice. We have made over $8,000 in donations to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Center for Black Equity, BEAM and The Steve Fund.
We recognize that these commitments will only be as meaningful as the sustained work we do day-to-day to help our community become fundamentally anti-racist. This process has already started and it will be part of who we are as an organization into the future.
Learning and Establishing Organizational Practices that Center Equity and Diversity
- We are committed to providing our staff with ongoing and comprehensive Diversity, Equity, inclusion and Belonging trainings that promote thoughtful, critical discussion on topics such as unconscious bias, microaggressions, white privilege, white supremacy and fragility.
- Our employees can participate in a supportive affinity group for People of Color
- Our clients can access weekly Justice, Service and Advocacy (JSA) group where they can engage in continued advocacy and anti-racism work.
Mental Health Advocacy Now and Into the Future
We commit to being vocal advocates for mental health access for BIPOC communities. We know that it is only through truth and education that we can grow and change for the better. We are committed to that work.