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      Preamble:

      During the Psychedelic Integration Conference at Esalen in March of 2019, about 25 attendees met to explore how we can stand for equity and inclusion in the psychedelic movement. We were inspired to do so in response to the familiar realization that a disproportionate number of White people were in attendance, including most of us, and the speakers and panelists were all White and mainly men. While we value the contributions of these men, we also know that this movement belongs to and is informed by a cultural and gender diversity not often reflected at mainstream psychedelic conferences and gatherings. Indeed, the contemporary psychedelic movement is indebted to and informed by the stewardship of indigenous traditions across the globe who have carried these practices forward for centuries.  

      Recognizing our privilege to be present that week, and in honor of those who weren’t, we gathered our hearts and minds to vision our values of equity and inclusion into actionable steps for ourselves and the psychedelic movement as we’d like to see it; particularly in the face of the imminent mainstreaming of psychedelics in society. 

      The following statement and strategic outline are first steps towards a larger vision. It has been developed by a sub-committee of those who met during the breakout panel that was graciously added to the agenda by co-producers Dream Mullick and Allan Badiner, and signed by additional attendees and allies. Our intention was to seize the opportunity we have to leverage our privilege to build the world we want to see. We are inviting others to leverage their privilege as well; whether the nature of that privilege is in terms of gender, class, Whiteness, or the privilege to speak up without fear of persecution. The following plan of action still exists within, and is therefore complicit in, reinforcing systems of oppression. As such, it is imperative that we engage simultaneously in work to envision systems and ways of being that are inherently just and generative for all.

      We invite you to stand for any and all of the components outlined below that are in alignment with your values, and to join us in committing to their practice and development. 

      Statement:

      Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our wholeness and, therefore, to our wellness. Our liberty is bound together; no one is free until each of us is free. When we say “equity” and “inclusion”, we are talking about the meaningful representation, participation, and leadership of, and benefit to, historically underrepresented identities in categories such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and beyond. 

      We have work to do to become an inclusive, and therefore whole, community as the psychedelic movement goes mainstream. Our capacity to integrate the teachings that we receive from psychedelic medicines is essential to maintaining the integrity and sanctity of their gifts. The classic psychedelic visions of oneness, interconnectedness, and harmony with all life lead to the natural conclusion that equity is essential for all humans to thrive. If we recognize the power and value in the diversity of human experience and the ultimate dignity of all life on earth, then our movement must reflect that from the inside out.  

      Equity and inclusion mean that Black, Latinx, Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, documented and undocumented immigrants, people with disabilities, and women are proportionately (in numbers that reflect the general U.S. population) represented:

      1. At conferences and events as attendees, speakers, presenters, and facilitators.
      2. In leadership positions and on the boards of organizations.
      3. As clinicians, researchers, writers, and teachers in the psychedelic field.
      4. In having sufficient funding for access to treatment and clinical training.
      5. In having equitable access to training in business and organizational development, leadership, and fundraising.

      To do this we must:

      1. Leverage our positions when asked to speak at conferences to foster accountability around equity and inclusion practices. For inspiration, see the Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Event Participation Guidelines.
      2. Support scholarships for individuals from underrepresented communities to attend conferences and trainings.
      3. Support scholarships for clinical treatment.
      4. Support the development and use of a database of researchers, clinicians, and presenters of color that conference organizers can use as a resource. See database initiated recently by Chacruna here.
      5. Develop and support trainings and organizations that have as part of their mission to capacitate people from underrepresented communities in the areas of psychedelic therapy and research, leadership, fundraising, and business management. 
      6. Cultivate our self-awareness and relational capacities in ways that help us to counter unconscious bias and privilege, and work actively towards building systems of anti-oppression.
      7. Strive to increase the cultural attunement of those in the community, especially therapists and those in leadership positions.
      8. Work to ensure that messages and information are delivered in a culturally relevant and respectful way.
      9. Recognize that efforts to increase diverse representation are often limited to the inclusion of women and LGBTQIA+ populations, and ensure that Black, Latinx, and Native representation is our priority. 
      10. Engage in additional practices, such as those outlined in “13 Steps for Promoting Access and Inclusion in Psychedelic Science” 

      We recognize that this statement is valuable only so far as it functions to motivate clear and direct action towards measurable change. We commit to further clarifying strategies and benchmarks to achieve these goals, holding each other accountable as we move forward in the movement, and evaluating progress on an annual basis. 

      If you would like to have your name or organization added to this list, have additional ideas, feedback, or would like to get involved in moving any piece of this vision and strategy forward, please email: equity@aurynproject.org.

      Full NameTitleAffiliation
      Jessica KatzmanClinical PsychologistHealing Realms
      James Henry, MDPsychiatrist Sage Integrative Health; Karunava.org
      Alex BelserPsychologistYale University, New York University
      Jae Sevelius, PhDPsychologistUniversity of California, San Francisco
      Kile Ortigo, PhDPsychologist Center for Existential Exploration
      Harvey Schwartz, Ph.D.Psychologist Polaris Insight Center
      Gregory Wells, PhDPsychologistPolaris Insight Center
      Sara OuimetteLicensed Psychotherapist 
      German Ascani, MDPsychiatrist Evolve Mind Wellness
      Anna ErmakovaConservation ScientistImperial College London
      Jim Matto-Shepard PhDPsychologistTemenos Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
      Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFTMarriage and Family TherapistTemenos Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
      Angie Leek, LMFT/LPCLMFT/LPCHolos Counselig
      Jeff LeiferSocial ArchitectCircadian Labs
      Christina Ingenito, LCSWPsychotherapistTemenos Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
      Brooke Balliett, LMFT Psychotherapist California Center for Psychedelic Therapy 
      Megan Rundel PhDPsychologist  
      Anne Wagner, PhDClinical PsychologistRemedy, Ryerson University
      Julie Holland, MDPsychiatrist  
      Heather Valdez, LCSWClinical Social WorkerSage Integrative Health; Sage Institute
      Kristine Panik, MDPsychiatrist University of California, Berkeley
      Emma Stamm, PhD Cand.PhD Candidate in Cultural and Social ThoughtVirginia Tech
      Stella Lefevre, Psy.DPsychologist 
      Darrick May, MDPsychiatrist  
      Ian-Michael HebertMA Integral Counseling PsychologyHolos Global
      Andrew Penn, NPPsychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Associate Clinical ProfessorUniversity of San Francisco, School of Nursing
      Hannah McLane, MD, MA, MPHPhysician and PsychoanalystSoundMind Center, Philadelphia
      Mike MargoliesFounderPsychedelic Seminars
      Gisele Fernandes, MFTPsychotherapist and ProfessorCIIS
      Shirelle NobleOperations and Strategy Auryn Project
      Will Barone, Psy.DClinical Psychologist, Researcher 
      Carl Spitzer, MDPhysicianTemenos Center for Integrative Psychotherapy
      Scott Shannon, MDPsychiatrist University of Colorado, PRATI
      Susan Williams, MFTJungian Analyst/ MFTAffiliate: Sage Integrative Health/Sage Institute
      Wendy Feng, MDPsychiatrist  
      Jennifer C. Jones, PhD, LCSWChief Diversity & Inclusion Off. & Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor & Gestalt Training FacultySoundMind Center, Philadelphia, PA & Philadelphia FIGHT & Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia
      Jason Sienknecht, LPC CAC IILicensed PsychotherapistWholeness Center, PRATI
      Dustin Robert Dippen MDPsychiatristHummingbird Psychiatry
      Marcela Ot’alora GLicensed PsychotherapistMAPS, Aguazul-Bluewater Inc
      Bruce D PoulterResearcherMAPS, Aguazul-Bluewater, Inc
      Allan BadinerWriter, Conference ConvenerPsychedelic Solutions
      Irina Alexander, AMFTTherapist Sage Institute
      Alex Yale, MDResearcherPRATI
      Sara Reed, MS, MFTMarriage and Family TherapistMaia PBC
      Rob Colbert, MA, PhDCo-FounderThe Nowak Society, The Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
      Shannon Hughes, MSW, PhDCo-FounderThe Nowak Society, An Enduring Love, The Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
      Emily Williams, MDPsychiatrist University of California, San Francisco and California Institute of Integral Studies
      Lauren (Lilo) Fishbein, MA, RPCo-FounderThe Nowak Society
      Katie KlumbBoard SecretaryThe Nowak Society
      Nathan BloodsworthCo-founderThe Nowak Society
      Dylan Rivard, LPCVolunteer CoordinatorThe Nowak Society
      Stephen Thomas, MSWClinical Social WorkThe Nowak Society, The Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
      Valeria McCarroll, MFTMarriage and Family Therapist 
      Sandra Fortson, MSW, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social WorkerThe Psychedelic Research and Training Institute
      Camille BartonDiversity & Inclusion ConsultantMAPS Advisory Council, RE:GENERATE
      Jamilah R. George, M.Div.Clinical Psychology PhD StudentMaia PBC; University of Connecticut; MAPS
      Brianna Bendixsen, MAResearcher, PsychotherapistWholeness Center, The Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
      Allison Feduccia, PhDSenior Clinical Data Scientist, Co-Founder and DirectorMAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Psychedelic.Support, Project New Day
      Chris Stauffer, MDPsychiatric ResearcherVeterans Affairs Medical Center; UCSF
      Meghan Kennedy, LCSW, CPTRTherapist, Co-founderSana Healing Collective – Chicago
      Jamie HarvieExecutive Director and FounderInstitute for a Sustainable Future, Commons Health , PRATI 
      Brian Anderson, MDPsychiatristUniversity of California, San Francisco
      Greg KearnsFounderForth Road Health
      Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyDPsychologist, Co-FounderPsychedelic Safety, Support, and Integration – Chicago; Sana Healing Collective 
      Chad DoeFounderMaia PBC
      Delara ChizariPhD Candidate in NeuroscienceHarvard University
      Karen Peoples, PhDPsychologist/PsychoanalystMAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, UCSF
      Gibrán X. RiveraGuide & FacilitatorEvolutionary Leadership, LLC
      Bennet A. Zelner, PhDProfessor and Adviser University of Maryland and Transformative Capital Institute 
      Danielle M. Herrera, AMFTPsychotherapistSage Institute for Psychedelic Psychotherapy, Harm Reduction Therapy Center
      Phil Wolfson MDPsychiatrist/PsychotherapistThe Ketamine Research Foundation
      Karen M. Cooper, RNResearch Nurse, Clinical Sub-InvestigatorWholeness Center, The Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI)
      Mareesa StertzFilmmaker/Conference Organizer/ProgramminPsychedelic Leadership summits, The Healing Powers, The Aware Project
      Michael GosneyPublisher, event producerSynergetic Press Associate Publisher, Communitas.Zone network co-founder
      Sarah ScheldTraining and Supervision AssociateMAPS Public Benefit Corporation
      Maria Mangini, PhDFNPF H Lucido MD
      Daniel ShankinFounderMt. Tam Psychedelic Integration
      Danielle NegrinExecutive DirectorSan Francisco Psychedelic Society
      Kyle Buller, MSCo-Founder Psychedelics Today 

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