The Psychological Toll of DEI Bans on Gen Z
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by Psychology Today in an article written by our very own Angela Patterson, Ph.D. You can see an excerpt of this article in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
The historical legacies and present-day realities of discrimination can cause serious psychological harm. Honoring racial and ethnic identities is a strong defense against that type of damage. Those who are allowed to explore their ethnic and racial backgrounds as part of their overall identity development often report higher levels of self-esteem, greater academic achievement, fewer depressive symptoms, and lower rates of tobacco or alcohol dependence.
Springtide Research Institute recently released Navigating Injustice, a special report featuring insights from young Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) on how race, faith, and mental health intersects for them. They shared that their mental and spiritual health depends in part on how the spaces and places around them recognize and celebrate who they are. Some even described their racial identity as a spiritual gift, one that directs the divine’s purpose for their lives.