Social Justice Resources

Social justice is a guiding value of NCDA and co-exists with career development practice. NCDA encourages all members to respond to the recent calls to action to learn and unlearn, to take action in allyship and advocacy movements and in anti-racism efforts.

This page will be updated often with resources, reading and research that supports these efforts.  

NCDA Response to Racially Motivated Violence 

We condemn racially-motivated violence against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. We acknowledge the trauma of racism and oppression at systemic, community and individual levels. We stand with our fellow organization the American Counseling Association, and with so many other people and organizations that condemn historic, pervasive hate and violence. We are answering the recent calls to action in social justice. We are working to both increase diversity in our organization and promote social justice in our field.  

NCDA is:  

  • Exploring the themes of Promoting Social Justice in Career Practice and Increasing Diversity during our Global Career Development Conference
  • Sharing allyship resources, in collaboration with our Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion Committee 
  • Working to diversify leadership in our organization 
  • Re-examining the strategic plan and strengthening diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI) initiatives
  • Creating safety at events for marginalized groups, like gender neutral restrooms and spaces for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQI2S+ members (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex and Two-Spirit)
  • Sharing existing webinars at no cost to view. Webinars provide actions practitioners can take to help make meaningful change, and resources for use with clients 
  • Sharing resources and support from our cousin organizations, like Counselors for Social Justice
  • Sourcing new social justice resources to share - check back here often for new resources. 


Here is one reference for defining social justice: Kikuchi, D. (2005). What is “social justice?” A collection of definitions.

And here are more resources to explore social justice issues:



The 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention

(as summarized in "Not in Our Town", Wong, 2020):
Distract – Take an indirect approach to de-escalate the situation.
Delegate – Get help from someone else.
Delay – After the incident is over, check in with the person who was harassed.
Direct – Assess your safety first. Speak up about the harassment. Be firm and clear. Say: “That’s inappropriate. Leave them alone.” You can also talk with the person being harassed about what’s going on. Ask: “Are you okay? Should I get help?  Should we get out of here?”
Document — Keep a safe distance, but document the date, time, place, and nature of the incident.
      Standing by silently next to the person who is being harassed is another way to show support. Just the show of solidarity can make the person being harassed feel less afraid and lets the attacker know that someone is witnessing this hate incident.