The ACA Graduate Student Committee denounces the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other members of the Black and African American communities. We stand in solidarity with these communities against acts of racist violence. We acknowledge the horror, pain, and anger experienced by members in our community. We see, and we reject systemic racism, discrimination, and the abuse of power towards Black and Brown individuals. We must continue to advocate and speak out against racism. The committee recognizes the daily racial trauma experienced by the Black and African American communities and our duty to express our alliance with its members. As a committee and as individuals, we are taking supportive action in the movement for racial justice. We are listening.
As students and new professionals, it may feel overwhelming to know what the right thing to do is. Spoiler alert - there isn’t and there is a beauty in that. We encourage you to share resources, create conversation, take time for reflection, and ultimately invoke and create change. We recognize that this work takes rigor and stamina: having courageous conversations, advocating for justice, challenging our own biases, and listening to the lived experiences of those who are marginalized and oppressed. As your peers, we recognize this is an individualized journey for each of you and want to let you know that we stand by you, with you, and for you. We commit to the uncomfortable, the hard, the uncertainty, as this is where change happens. We invite fellow counselors and counselors-in-training to join us in creating a dialogue to invoke change within ourselves, our profession, and our community. As counselors, we have a duty to be multiculturally competent, to not discriminate, and to advocate. Right now, to many, this does not seem enough. For that reason, we are joining together as a committee to create this blog to say we will hear more, do more, say more, and stand for more.
We stand in solidarity and we stand for change. Black Lives Matter.
-Graduate Student Committee
Graduate Student and New Professional Blogs
We are all taking 12-15 credit hours per semester, participating in research opportunities, managing work schedules, maintaining a social/family life, or we just transitioned into our New Professional role and have no idea what we are doing! ACA’s Graduate Student and New Professional Blog offers real life vignettes of life, academics, and how to keep yourself afloat despite your crazy schedule. Any suggestions for what you would like to hear more about, please email the Graduate Student Committee.