Department of Marriage and Family Therapy offers on-going programming, safe spaces to discuss recent racial injustice

Recent events of unprovoked killings of Black people have understandably reinforced feelings of fear, anger, and systemic and racially-motivated injustice in our communities. The deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, mirror countless previous incidents where police officers have seriously injured, used unnecessary force, or killed unarmed Black people. This systemic violence has continued recently with law enforcement’s brutality against peaceful protesters all over the country. We recognize these incidents and images on social media and news highlighting ongoing violence may trigger significant emotional distress.

If you or someone you know could benefit from participating in a group listening circle via Zoom with a Syracuse University Doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy to discuss these tragic events, please email Dominique Walker at dnwalker@syr.edu. The listening circle will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd 3:00-4:00. In making your decision to participate, we understand that it may be important to know the facilitator’s social location in relation to these incidents. For this reason, Dominique identifies as a member of the Black community.

If you or someone you know could benefit from participating in a one-on-one supportive Zoom conversation with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to discuss these tragic events, please email Deb Coolhart at dcoole@syr.edu or Lisa Tedeschi at lmtedesc@syr.edu. In making your decision to seek this support, we understand that it may be important to know the therapist’s social location in relation to these incidents. For this reason, Deb Lisa identify as White allies.

The Falk College community stands united with Syracuse University in educating against the ideas of hate and terror that support and maintain systemic racism and social injustices throughout our society. “Falk College is built on the values of social justice. I look to our Falk family—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—to be educated, be brave, and be active. I ask you to engage both your professional skills as advocates, as well as your humanity and personal values, at this time and at all times, to ensure the dignity of all,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean, Falk College. “It is critical for us to support one another in the efforts to combat monumental injustices and continued racism experienced by persons of color in America and around the world.”

Ongoing Group Listening Circles for Discussing Racial Injustice

June 25th 12 pm – 1 pm and July 16th 12 pm – 1 pm.

This Group Listening Circle is for Students of all racial and ethnic identities. This group will provide a space to discuss and process some of the recent as well as historical events of racial injustice in the U.S. Facilitators are Dominique Walker, M.A. (PhD Student in MFT) and Shaelise Tor, MS (PhD Candidate in MFT). Group Listening Circle will be held via Zoom. Please email Shaelise for log in information.

Every other Tuesday starting June 30th from 3 pm to 4 pm

This Group Listening Circle is for Students who identify as part of the Black community. This group will provide a space to discuss and process some of the recent as well as historical events of racial injustice in the U.S. and the personal effects on you and your community. Facilitated by Dominique Walker, M.A. (PhD Student in MFT). Group Listen Circle will be held via Zoom. Please email Dominique for log in information.