From Your Friendly
Neighborhood Diversity
Chair

Harpreet Malla, Ph.D.

 

 

 Hello LACPA family, 

I am writing on behalf of the Diversity Committee today to address the racially-based issues that have overtaken our communities, minds, and hearts. 

I know that this is a difficult time and unfortunately, one ripe for division. I encourage you to instead take this opportunity to pause and reflect on how each of us as mental health professionals has a responsibility to inform ourselves and be of service to our clients during this revolutionary period. 

 

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An Appeal for Charity

Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

 

 

 

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve.”

These words, spoken by Barack Obama in his 2008 inaugural address, seem to reflect a distant future rather than our present reality. 

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