Students of Color
Students of color experience many of the same difficulties as do other students.
These problems often include:
- Academic problems
- Difficulty adjusting to the university environment
- Dealing with traumatic events
- 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.
- 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
Healing for Black Individuals:
- Digital Self-care for Black individuals coping with trauma
- Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma
- Tips For Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media Is Enough
- Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color
- The Road to Resilience
- Self-Care for people of color after emotional and psychological trauma
- 101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming
- The Link between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Coping Approach
Understanding Racial/Cultural Trauma:
- Racial Trauma
- Psychological Toll of Racism
- Coping While Black: A Season of Traumatic News Takes a Psychological Toll
- Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans
Links to other University Services