A Message from the IASI Board of Directors

A Call for Equity and Equality

Dear IASI Members and the Greater SI Community,

Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on the meaning of this holiday, the IASI Board is devastated by racialized violence in the United States and the world. We want to recognize and acknowledge the pain this trauma consistently causes.

Al Edwards, Texas Democratic Representative, said, “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defined the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.”

IASI categorically stands against racism in all its forms and is committed to doing what we can, as individuals and as an organization, to help dismantle systemic and institutional racism and foster a culture of inclusivity and respect. Acts of injustice, racism, and discrimination contradicts our values as a community.

We stand with black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) in the United States and the world and join the call for widespread reform and accountability.

Black activist, philosopher, academic, and author Angela Davis said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist."

We recognize lasting healing and change starts within each of us. We must do our own work, look at our own processing, and begin educating ourselves.

As SI practitioners, we also have the unique ability to become trauma-informed, bringing the healing work of Structural Integration to our communities, as well as charitable work to communities carrying trauma that have not yet accessed SI work.

With the goal of championing equity and equality in our organization and the SI profession, IASI is:

  • Intentionally recruiting from diverse pools of talent for IASI leadership and contribution.
  • Listing books, podcasts, and additional resources below.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for additional steps IASI can take to be more inclusive, address our blind spots, and better practice anti-racism. We want to hear what kind of outreach you’re doing in your community and what resources are most helpful to you. We need your support in these efforts and encourage you to join us. Please contact us at ​[email protected]​ to volunteer.

The IASI Board is committed to cultivating an environment where people from all walks of life are valued.

We will challenge the status-quo, have hard conversations, practice anti-racism in our personal and professional lives, and do all we can to create equity within our profession for BIPOC citizens of the United States and the world.

Standing in solidarity,
IASI Board of Directors,

Manny Aragon, President
Carole Barnard, Vice President
Chris Corrales, Secretary
Ward Sener, Treasurer
Amber Burnham, Director
Herbert Grassmann, Director
Jason Prince, Director


Resources

Abstract

  • Oppression Embodied: The Intersecting Dimensions of Trauma, Oppression, and Somatic Psychology by Rae Johnson - #embodiedphilosophy

Books

  • Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD
  • How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy Degruy
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Racial Contract an essay by Charles W. Mills
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Like Me by Tim Wise

Movies

  • 13th
  • I Am Not Your Negro James Baldwin
  • Just Mercy
  • When They See Us

Podcasts

  • Code Switch
  • Come Through, with Rebecca Carroll
  • Pod Save the People
  • Seeing White
  • Still Processing

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