New Mental Health Collective of IPOC

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities sits on the traditional homelands of the Dakota People. The Mental Health Collective of Indigenous People and People of Color recognizes the original peoples of this place and acknowledges that it's impossible and harmful to talk about individual mental health without actively working to be in right relationships with the people and the land who have been and will continue to be here. Our collective strives to bring together people from Native Communities and Black/POC Communities and where frequently our communities have been pitted against one-another we know we are stronger when in solidarity. We cannot be together without first acknowledging the broken treaties and displacement of our Indigenous relatives and without continuing to support one another. 

-Thanks to Šišókaduta for his support in the creation of this statement

For more information about campus resources please check out: 

Listserve Sign-up:

Join our listserv. By signing up here you will join our google group in order to be updated about all future meetings and share resources with other members.

What is the MHC of IPOC?

The Mental Health Collective (MHC) of Indigenous People and People of Color was formed in January 2019 due to a community desire to create a radical healing space to foster conversations around the topic of Mental Health and Wellbeing in our communities.

We acknowledge that much of the current resources/services at the University of Minnesota fit within traditional white western mental health framework and our collective strives to disrupt that model.

Our group is open to students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty who self-identify as Indigenous People and/or People of Color at the University.

Meeting Information/What to Expect in a Meeting

We meet monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12-1:30 pm in Bruinicks 420B:

  • Fall Semester: September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, 2019
  • All Day Winter Retreat: January 13 9-3:30, Location TBD
  • Spring Semester: February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, 2020

We have new people who come to each meeting, so please feel free to come even if you haven’t before. Folks are welcome to come late/leave early as needed.

Thanks to our generous sponsors we are able to provide lunch at every meeting. If you have any specific dietary needs please email Nina at at least 5 days before the meeting so we can accommodate.

Meeting Format:

  • Welcoming/Land Acknowledgement
  • Introductions: Name, option for pronouns, and check in
  • Discussion on a specific topic (past topics include: current event stress, coping at work, signs that we are struggling, wellness practices)
  • Wellness Activity (past examples include: gratitude journal, guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation)
  • Closing

 Hopes and Dreams:

In our January 2019 initial meeting as a group we named some hopes and dreams of hosting events on campus related to our wellness needs, potentially breaking out in racial/ethnic or staff/student specific caucuses, advocating for additional access to traditional healers on-campus, and more! We are excited to pursue these opportunities as our collective continues to grow.

Social Media:

Facebook: Mental Health Collective of IPOC at UMN


Off Campus Resources:
  • Minnesota Mental Health Provider of Color Database

Currently insurance companies and other websites do not appear to allow us to more efficiently locate other "providers of color". This causes it to be more difficult to locate resources that are needed for those that we aid in the community. For this reason I've created the database below so that you can add your contact information and view the database at your convenience. If an individual does not have Facebook feel free to copy & paste the links for them so that they can submit and access the information. As the information may be shared with other providers as well as clients, please add what information you would prefer/are comfortable to be available on the spreadsheet. Thank you for your contribution and being you!

On Campus Resources:



We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us provide nourishment while we gather:

The MHC is thankful for the above programs and offices generous support. If your office is interested in providing funding for the collective, please email

Accommodation Needs:

We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our community. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability or other accommodation needs, please email Nina at to discuss more. 

MHC Meeting/Planning Team
  • Zakaria Abdullahi
  • Davindra Hansraj
  • Pa Her
  • Nina Hernandez Beithon
  • Mai Lee
  • Melanie Johnson 
  • Marquis Taylor
Questions/Contact Us