CSUMB Health and Wellness Services Director Co-Authors Book

Caroline T. Haskell, along with Ann Todd Jealous, co-authored and co-edited a book that examines how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created.

The book, Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief About Racism is available wherever books are sold.

Beginning a Conversation that encourages self-examination and compassion

Combined Destinies invites its readers to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created.

Emotionally-Charged Stories

Using intimate stories, some from writers who have never before spoken of these highly charged issues, Jealous and Haskell offer readers a chance to explore their own experiences. The book is organized thematically, with individual chapters that focus on, for example, guilt, shame, or silence.

Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell are experienced psychotherapists, skilled at facilitating dialogue about racial issues, and cognizant of the challenges that even the thought of such conversations often presents.

Combined Destinies is based on the premise that for positive and lasting change to occur, it is necessary to open hearts as well as minds. This courageous anthology posits that unearned privilege has damaged the psyche of white people as well as their capacity to understand racism.

Anyone who is interested in mental health and spiritual healing would benefit from reading this book, but it’s especially suitable for teachers, professors, students, social activists, members of community groups, therapists, clergy, and other members of the counseling profession.

Ann Todd Jealous

Ann Todd Jealous’ interest in human rights began at age thirteen when she joined the first group to desegregate a previously all-white public high school for girls in Baltimore. Attending Antioch College and American University and fighting for civil rights taught her about hatred, fear, ignorance, arrogance and the powerful courage of allies.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines in the 1960s, she witnessed social oppression in another country. Forty-seven years of interracial marriage and co-parenting with a conscious and loving husband opened her heart to white racial grief. Teaching college students and nearly thirty years of work in psychotherapy and diversity training provided innumerable stories and the privilege of facilitating healing for more than a thousand white people.

Ann is a life member of the NAACP, an organization of which her son, Benjamin Todd Jealous, is the National President and CEO.

Caroline T. Haskell

Caroline T. Haskell, LCSW, BCD is the Founding Director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center and currently oversees all of Health and Wellness Services at California State University, Monterey Bay.

She is the Campus Affiliate Director of the National Coalition Building Institute, an international organization based in Washington D.C. whose mission is dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression.

Caroline is a white woman who has committed to unlearning her racist conditioning and actively practices being an ally to people of color. She is in an interracial marriage of almost twenty years where her ‘whiteness’ is regularly examined and discussed with her Japanese American husband.

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