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University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services is committed to embracing diversity and working towards inclusivity and belongingness for all in our campus community. Our staff is dedicated to promoting an environment of respect and appreciation for the race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and socioeconomic status of all students. We take a stance against discrimination and oppression in any form and encourage the utilization of our services by all students, especially those who might be reluctant to seek traditional forms of treatment. To this end, we strive to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be openly shared and explored.  We, like all people, are works in progress with regard to this area.  We see cultural competence as something to aspire to and work toward but we know the work is never done.  Because of the ongoing nature of this work, we have regular conversations, where we challenge each other on our biases, missteps and microaggressions.  The work is messy and difficult at times, but we value it and are committed to doing our own work so the atmosphere in our Center is helpful and welcoming to students, colleagues and trainees. 

The Counseling Center recognizes the unique needs and concerns of various groups on campus, including students who identify as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, differently abled, international, veterans, transfer students, Appalachian, and first-generation.

For additional information, services, and resources for above mentioned identities, please check out the related pages. 

For information on Racial Trauma and resources for addressing it as well as Ally training and resources, please see this page. For information on Racial and Other Healing Groups (Color Coded and Speak Out) and White Accountability Spaces, please see the latest schedule of workshops and groups here.  

 

What can I do about racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism & other forms of discrimination?

Educate yourself by…

Visiting websites, examples include:

  • Tolerance.org                                         www.tolerance.org
  • Tim Wise (anti-racist author/activist)        www.timwise.org
  • National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce       www.thetaskforce.org
  • Human Rights Campaign                        www.hrc.org
  • Southern Poverty Law Center                  www.splcenter.org
  • Anti-Defamation League                          www.adl.org
  • About.com                                             racerelations.about.com
  • Understanding Prejudice                          www.understandingprejudice.org
  • Global Issues: Women’s Rights               www.globalissues.org/article/166/womens-rights
  • Understand your biases                           www.implicit.harvard.edu
  • Gender Unicorn                                       www.transstudent.org/gender

Reading books, examples include:

  • “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” by Beverly Tatum
  • No Pity : People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joseph Shapiro
  • Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays and Lesbian People by Eric Marcus
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan Johnson

Challenge others by…

  • Interrupting offensive jokes
  • Disagreeing with discriminatory comments
  • Speaking up for the targeted group/person

Challenge yourself by…

  • Making friends with someone who is different from you
  • Attending a meeting/event focused on cultural diversity
  • Monitoring your own language for bias
  • Monitoring the media for bias
  • Asking yourself “What makes me think that? Is that a stereotype?”
  • Talking with others who are interested in issues of diversity

 

Resources related to Black Lives Matter, Racial Trauma, Ally Development:

Healing for Black Individuals:

Understanding Racial/Cultural Trauma:

Ally Resources:

Resources related to the Orlando Mass Shootings: