Communities, Organizations, and Mental Health Resources for Black Professionals
Professional and personal development resources to utilize right now.
Starting a career in the current economic landscape is undoubtedly challenging. But between COVID-19’s disproportionate effect on Black Americans to the collective trauma stemming from yet another murder of an unarmed Black person at the hands of police, Black college students & graduates should be receiving as much support as possible right now.
To contribute to that support system, we've rounded up some resources Black professionals can utilize as they begin their careers during these challenging times, from career-oriented communities to professional organizations to mental health resources. See the full list below:
Career Development Communities
These communities and companies offer everything from workshops to networking opportunities to job boards that aren’t specific to one career area. Most offer a free membership tier.
This national organization provides everything from workshops to mentorship to online resources to support the professional growth of Black women, from the entry-level all the way to C-Suite. The site also has a public job board, and basic membership is free.
If you’re interested in starting your own business, this organization is a platform and community dedicated to helping Black female founders get their ideas off the ground. This platform appears free to join, but you have to request membership.
The Memo is a career development company providing tools, access, and a robust community for Black women and women of color, and for the companies where they work. This site offers a mix of paid and free programming, but the Slack community appears to be free.
This global professional community serves emerging tech startup founders and technology professionals, providing networking opportunities, access to funding, and career development. Basic membership is free.
This private Facebook group is a network and career development group with regular conversations and discussions on navigating the corporate world. This is a free group to join.
Your Company’s Employee Resource Group or Professional Development Initiatives
If you just started your first job, be sure to ask your manager what kinds of professional development initiatives are available for Black employees. The company might offer mentorship, workshops, or an Employee Resource Group for Black employees.
These career-specific organizations provide networking opportunities, mentorship, access to job boards, and career advice resources. Most require an annual membership fee.
Mental Health Resources
These mental health resources provide mental wellness tips and specific directories for Black individuals to seek licensed therapists who are also Black or trained to be culturally sensitive.
This resource is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls and includes a directory of therapists, as well as a podcast and community.
This online directory provides a streamlined way to find a Black therapist, while also providing additional mental health resources.
BEAM is an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
Inclusive Therapists is a directory of therapists who are trained to provide culturally sensitive care, and many are trained to work through racial trauma.
Open Path Collective is committed to providing affordable online and in-person therapy sessions, and also offers online wellness classes.
The Loveland Foundation is committed to helping people of color, especially Black women and girls, receive therapy by providing funding and access.
Liberate is the #1 meditation app for those who are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. According to their website, "The app is designed to support BIPOC people on their path to healing by naming and offering resources for common cultural experiences, like internalized racism and micro-aggressions."
Check out these articles for additional mental health resources for the Black community:
RippleMatch is committed to advocating for students from underrepresented backgrounds as they begin their careers, and that includes Black professionals. We stand by you in every step of the way, so know that we are here as a support system.
Aside from these resources, we are always open to helping our students in other ways. If you need direct support, be it additional resources, someone to talk to, or just general advice, do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. RippleMatch is committed to supporting our communities and ensuring no one is alone during these times.