Ground, Listen, Grow Group: Unpacking the Book 'So You Want to Talk about Race'

A virtual 7-week therapeutic group offered by the Employee Assistance Program

Many of us are facing the devastating impact of historic and systemic racism highlighted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the publicized murders of BIPOC communities. Dialogues around anti-racism and racial justice have increased in the past years, and a growing number of people are seeking to deepen their knowledge and self-awareness about their role in anti-racism, especially in their professional roles at the University.

To support employees in these goals, the EAP is again offering the Ground, Listen, Grow therapeutic group. Participants can expect to draw on the understanding that our bodies carry knowledge about the topic of race. Group sessions are designed to support self-reflection and personal change by developing better awareness of our sensations, emotions, behaviors and thoughts that come up around white privilege, implicit bias, systemic racism and anti-Blackness.

The group meets on Tuesdays for one hour and fifteen minutes via Zoom beginning in late August. Because of the popularity of this group, there are two sections:

  • On Tuesdays from 10:45 am to 12 pm, a group will be held for participants who hold historically privileged racial identities.
  • On Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm, a group will be held for participants who hold historically marginalized or nonprivileged racial identities.

Participants can decide which group is the best fit for their needs in the pre-group interview.

We will utilize the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo to provide common language around white supremacy and race. Each group member needs to obtain a copy and commit to complete the readings ahead of each group. Group members will attend a pre-group interview with one of the facilitators before entry into the group. Please sign up for an appointment by emailing eap@austin.utexas.edu.