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Students of Color

Students of color experience many of the same difficulties as do other students.

These problems often include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Academic problems
  • Difficulty adjusting to the university environment
  • Dealing with traumatic events
  • Grief
  • Family relationships
  • Romantic relationships
  • Disordered eating
  • Substance abuse
  • Career decision making

However, there are some issues that might be especially pertinent to students of color.

These include:

  • Adjusting to the racial/ethnic culture of campus
  • Dealing with racism
  • Difficulty communicating with people of different cultures (e.g., roommates, professors)
  • Being the target of a hate crime
  • Fears/anxiety related to race

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services (UKCC) is a supportive, affirming place for all students. Our staff invites you to come and talk with us about any of the above topics as well as any other problems you may be facing.

All our services are private and confidential. We cannot tell anyone that you have come to counseling or what you talked about without your written permission. There are a few instances in which we have to share information by law.

You are welcome to request a specific counselor to work with. However, all of our counselors are available and open to working with students of color. We try to accommodate specific requests, but may not be able to at busy times of the year.

The Counseling Center offers the People of Color Support Group: Mondays 1pm-2pm, room 202 in Frazee Hall

Additional Resources:

Healing for Black Individuals:

Understanding Racial/Cultural Trauma:

Links to other University Services