Maryland University of Integrative Health values the diversity of community. We strive to create a safe, affirming, respectful, accepting and welcoming environment that embraces all forms of diversity: age, race, ethnicity, language, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, physical and mental ability, and socioeconomic status.

As part of MUIH’s efforts to build a supportive culture, the university offers resources reflective of our diverse community. In addition, we are providing opportunities for all members of our community to learn about how to be a better Ally to underrepresented/underserved groups and diversity in general.

Resources for Allies, Advocates, and Accomplices

Readings for Everyone

Allyship is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people and of ongoing learning about how we can all change our behavior to make people from marginalized groups feel safe and included. Allyship is not something we can self-identify with, it must be recognized by the communities we seek to support. Increasingly marginalized communities encourage people who wish to support them to go beyond allyship and to become advocates and active partners, rather than passive supporters.

We all add diversity to our community and we all have learning to do about how to interact with and think about groups to which we ourselves don’t belong. Here is a list of resources you can use to learn more.

Resources for Equity and Inclusion

Books

Blogs/Online Articles

Movies and TV

Social Media Accounts

Videos

McIntosh

Podcasts

More Databases on Anti-Racism Resources

Recent Articles on Social Justice and Racial Consciousness

  • Grzanka, P. R., Gonzalez, K. A., & Spanierman, L. B. (2019). White supremacy and counseling psychology: A critical–conceptual framework. The Counseling Psychologist, 47(4), 478–529. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019880843
  • Olle, C. D. (2018). Breaking institutional habits: A critical paradigm for social change agents in psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 46(2), 190–212. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000018760597
  • Suzuki, L. A., O’Shaughnessy, T. A., Roysircar, G., Ponterotto, J. G., & Carter, R. T. (2019). Counseling psychology and the amelioration of oppression: Translating our knowledge into action. The Counseling Psychologist, 47(6), 826–872. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019888763
  • Varghese, F. P., Israel, T., Seymour, G., Herbst, R. B., Suarez, L. G., & Hargons, C. (2019). Injustice in the justice system: Reforming inequalities for true “justice for all.” The Counseling Psychologist, 47(5), 682–740. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019892329
  • Grzanka, P. R., Frantell, K. A., & Fassinger, R. E. (2020). The White Racial Affect Scale (WRAS): A measure of White guilt, shame, and negation. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(1), 47–77. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019878808
  • Schooley, R. C., Lee, D. L., & Spanierman, L. B. (2019). Measuring Whiteness: A systematic review of instruments and call to action. The Counseling Psychologist, 47(4), 530–565. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019883261
  • Drustrup, D. (2019). “White therapists addressing racism in psychotherapy: An ethical and clinical model for practice.” Ethics & Behavior, published online in advance of print publication.
  • Prescott, B. (2019). Anti-racist identity development in White clinical psychology graduate students. US, ProQuest Information & Learning. 80.
  • Spanierman, L. B., & Smith, L. (2017). Roles and responsibilities of White allies: Implications for research, teaching, and practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(5), 606–617. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000017717712. Major Contribution Table of Contents: https://journals-sagepub-com.access.library.miami.edu/toc/tcpa/45/5
  • Atkins, S. L., Fitzpatrick, M. R., Poolokasingham, G., Lebeau, M., & Spanierman, L. B. (2017). Make it personal: A qualitative investigation of White counselors’ multicultural awareness development. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(5), 669–696. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000017719458
  • McConnell, E. A., & Todd, N. R. (2015). Differences in White privilege attitudes and religious beliefs across racial affect types. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(8), 1135–1161. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000015610436
  • Ronay-Jinich, D. (2010). White therapists addressing racism with White clients: A theoretical analysis and integrative treatment model. US, ProQuest Information & Learning. 70: 5183-5183.

LGBTQ+

College is a time where students explore and further define aspects of their identity. Students who identify as LGBTQA or who are actively exploring aspects of their sexual and/or gender identities may also experience the following struggles in college:

  • Adjustment to the LGBTQA campus climate
  • Anxiety and fears related to LGBTQA identity
  • Feeling singled out
  • Feeling invisible
  • Trouble finding a community on campus
  • Struggle to balance family and personal expectations and goals
  • Straddling two worlds and/or feeling on the outside looking in
  • Discrimination, harassment, cyberbullying or marginalization
  • Microaggressions
  • Balancing and integrating multiple identities

Caring and supportive connections to others help ease distress and loneliness. Counseling and Wellness is one of many places on campus where you can explore aspects of your identity and support your mental well-being.

How to be an Ally

  • Listen
  • Learn about the range of identities on the LGBTQ spectrum
  • Use appropriate pronouns
  • Educate yourself
  • Be socially active
  • Allow yourself to have difficult and possibly uncomfortable conversations about sexual and gender identity
  • Acknowledge when you have offended or hurt someone or made a mistake
  • Speak up when LGBTQ people are targeted with unjust treatment, comments or jokes
  • Become aware of your own prejudices
  • Attend an event sponsored by an LGBTQA student organization

Resources for Allies

LGBTQ+ Resources

Trans-Friendly Health Care

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Organizations

  • LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory: Provides support, networking, leadership development, and community building opportunities for LGBTQs of Color in psychology, social work, and counseling.
  • The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists: Offers numerous resources for LGBT individuals experiencing mental health conditions and psychiatric professionals with LGBT clients.
  • Ayana Therapy: Therapy app for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities. Shares diverse and intersectional mental health resources.
  • Born this Way Foundation: Works toward a future that supports the wellness of young people through an evidence-based approach that is fiercely kind, compassionate, accepting, and inclusive.
  • Find a Multicultural Therapist: Psychotherapy directory specializing in providing an opportunity for people from different cultural backgrounds to find a therapist who shares their cultural experience.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: A national organization committed to ensuring health equity for LGBTQ and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.
  • Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society: A grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community on a global scale.
  • GLAAD: Tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
  • Human Rights Campaign: America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. Their website has a wealth of information and resources for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
  • Inclusive Therapists: Aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations.
  • The Jed Foundation: A nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.
  • LA Conextion: Co-creating sober spaces that prioritizes individual and collective healing for QTPOC with us, for us, by us.
  • LA Espirista: Aims to create an environment of holistic space for those in the QTPOC community interested in recovery from any form of addiction, abuse, or dependence.
  • LGBT National Help Center: Serving the LGBTQ+ community by providing free & confidential peer-support and local resources.
  • LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory: Provides support, networking, leadership development, and community building opportunities for LGBTQs of Color in psychology, social work, and counseling.
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center: Works towards a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
  • The National Center for Transgender Equality: Offers resources for transgender individuals, including information on the right to access health care.
  • National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: Provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBTQIA+ people.
  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: A non-profit Tribal advisory organization serving the 43 federally recognized tribes of OR, WA, and ID; launched, “Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health” for the LGBTQ community that follows three Indigenous members of the Two Spirit and LGBTQ community as they journey toward self-acceptance, supportive healthcare, and communities that celebrate them.
  • Open Path Collective: Offers lower-free therapy across the country for those who need it.
  • Outcare Health: A non-profit with the purpose of providing extensive information and education on LGBTQ healthcare.
  • Pride Counseling: Professional Online Counseling for the LGBTQ community.
  • PFLAG: The first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
  • The Q Center: Portland’s LGBTQ2SIA+ Community Center.
  • The Queer Counselor: An online radical mental health resource supervised by Hilary Kinavey, LPC.
  • Rest for Resistance: Uplifts & creates original writing & art by QTPOC. Provides emotional support resources for LGBTQ2SIA+ and BIPOC communities through Instagram bio link.
  • SAGE: The world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.
  • Saige Counseling: Delivers educational and support resources for LGBTQ individuals, as well as promoting competency on LGBTQ issues for counseling professionals.
  • SHIFT+: Initiative created by Seeding Sovereignty to uplift the voices of LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit folx that are changing policies and inciting Indigenous political engagement.
  • Trans Lifeline: Available 24/7 peer support & crisis hotline for trans people in English y español. Call 1-877-565-8860.
  • The Trevor Project: A support network for LGBTQ youth under 25 providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention, including a 24-hour text line (Text “START” to 678678).
  • Wove Therapy: Therapists in NYC who specialize in compassionate, intersectional care for all.

Additional Resources

Safe Zone at MUIH

Safe Zone is a training program available to faculty, staff, and students who wish to demonstrate their responsiveness to the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, and Ally members of the MUIH community on campus.

Trainings are offered periodically throughout the calendar year and are available free of charge.

How to Become Safe Zone Trained

Safe Zone training is offered as a two-part series. The purpose of Safe Zone I is to provide participants with a place to reflect on issues of discrimination, to learn a model of sexual orientation identity development, and psychosocial concerns often experienced by members of the GLBTQQI community.

Safe Zone II is designed for those who wish not only to address discrimination in their university unit, but also wish to visibly identify as an ally – a person on campus members of the GLBT community can feel safe approaching for emotional support. Upon completion of Safe Zone II and agreement to identify as an Ally, participants are presented a MUIH Safe Zone placard to display in their offices.

Interested in participating in a Safe Zone Training?

Contact Counseling and Wellness at to register.