Anti-Racism Task Force

PAWNY's Anti-Racism Task Force was formed in June 2020 in response to the nationwide call to examine and ameliorate the deleterious effects of racism on the mental and physical health of People of Color and in particular, African-Americans in the United States. The purpose of this task force is to utilize our unique position as psychologists within a regional professional organization to promote equity, inclusion and increased access to culturally responsive mental health resources in our community.



  • Reach out to local psychologists of color and welcome them to join PAWNY.
  • Explore local pipeline issues that are barriers to diversifying the field of psychology in Western New York.
  • Recruit students of color from area training programs (in collaboration with the PAWNY Membership Committee).


  • Promote opportunities for relevant dialogue on the listserv.
  • Coordinate anti-racism focused peer supervision/discussion groups.


  • Promote programming and educational opportunities for PAWNY members focused on diversity and the mental health impacts of racism (in collaboration with the PAWNY Programming and Education committee).
  • Disseminate links to race- and mental health-related articles, research, and podcasts (in collaboration with the PAWNY Communication Committee).


  • Identify ways PAWNY members can be more available to clients of color.
  • Create a directory for clients of color who seek to work with psychologists actively invested in the ongoing pursuit of cultural competence.
  • Pilot a pro bono service collective similar to “Give an Hour” to volunteer a clinical hour (weekly or bi-weekly) to a BIPOC client who may be uninsured or underinsured.
  • Collaborate with organizations that connect clients of color with therapists (e.g., Loveland foundation)


  • Facilitate relationships with local chapters of organizations engaged in anti-racism work (e.g., PUSH Buffalo, Buffalo chapter of NAACP, Black Love Resists in the Rust, Showing Up for Racial Justice, NFJC of Western New York).
  • Build connections with Buffalo-area secondary schools, community colleges and universities (in collaboration with the PAWNY Community Outreach Committee).

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