Stop the Silence


Updated: November 9, 11:50 a.m.

Like many of our CSD students, and those across the nation, we grieve the deaths of those in the Black community, and we're saddened by the racial injustices that many continue to face. We recognize and condemn the multifaceted aspects of systemic racism and oppression in this country that many of our Black NSSLHA students face. We stand with you in expressions of sadness, pain, anger, and calls for change.

We answer the call and are committed to addressing the fundamental issues of racism in our country. Within the CSD community and NSSLHA, we can overcome these issues by increasing our cultural competence, cultural humility, and sensitivity, as well as embracing diversity and inclusion—and putting into action steps for change.

We have a lot of work ahead of us . . .

The initiatives and action-items listed on this page are not where we'll stop. We use the Strategic Plan as a guide to move NSSLHA forward, but it does not hinder us from doing more.

This webpage will be updated as we develop more plans-of-action, initiatives, and resources.

Our Plan

2020-2022 Strategic Plan

Established by National NSSLHA's Executive Council, many goals and objectives of our 2020–2022 Strategic Plan are dedicated to addressing cultural competency, cultural humility, diversity, and inclusion:

Our Action

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) Work Group

Established Fall 2020, members of the IDEA Work Group will provide support to National NSSLHA's 2020-2022 Strategic Plan (Goals 1 and 3) by increasing opportunities to better and engage and retain multicultural (minority) students, providing support to students of all intersectionalities, and increasing opportunities to educate members on cultural competency/humility. More info coming soon.

Raw Conversations

This National NSSLHA webinar series fosters discussion related to addressing racism and oppression within CSD education:

Other Initiatives

We're committed to using National NSSLHA platforms—like the NSSLHA Blog and our social media channels—to share even more stories from students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to amplify their voices and create ongoing conversations and action.

If you are a BIPOC student who would like to become a NSSLHA Blog contributor, please let us know through our Blogger Application.

Join Us

NSSLHA is clear in our stance against racism and oppression. Increasing cultural competence, cultural humility, sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion requires partnership and engagement among our members, non-member CSD students, volunteers, student leaders, National NSSLHA's Executive Council, and National Office staff. We're here to listen and are committed to engaging you, our CSD students, in this ongoing conversation. We hope you'll join us.

Student Participation

If you are a CSD student and would like to be contacted about future initiatives and events on this topic, please join our Stop the Silence email list.

NSSLHA Chapter Involvement

NSSLHA chapters across the country are joining our Stop the Silence movement. If your chapter and/or cohort would like to get involved, we invite you to use the resources we've gathered as a starting point.


We welcome all CSD students and NSSLHA chapters to take advantage of resources we've gathered about cultural competence, cultural humility, diversity, and inclusion. Please use these resources to educate yourself, become a better ally, move the conversation forward, and create change.


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