Self-Care as Social Justice

Self-Care as Social Justice

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
– Audra Lorde, A Burst of Light and Other Essays

Recent acts of violence against Black people and the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed the long-standing public health crisis of racism. The individual and collective trauma and stress of racial violence, daily microaggressions, and health disparities for Black, indigenous, and other people of color cannot be overstated. White students, too, have questions and concerns about how to be a supportive ally and how to be supported as they face issues of privilege. The University Counseling Center offers virtual workshops and a wide array of diversity resources specifically created to support students as they pursue social justice. Self-care is an ongoing, daily practice—especially during times of stress.