Counseling Center

UTCC Statement on Race

We, the members of the University of Toledo Counseling Center (UTCC), join the rest of the Toledo community in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have drawn national attention, and are names added to the countless others lost in racially charged events. Racism continues to be pervasive in our society and can take many forms. It is evident in discriminatory behaviors, hate crimes, microaggressions, systemic oppression, as well as complacency, maintaining status quo, and colorblind ideologies.  As a campus community, racism impacts us all and threatens the personal and emotional safety, learning community, and respect for one another.

We believe that it is important to recognize the systemic racism and oppression that impact Black individuals, families, and communities as well as other racial and ethnic minorities. We recognize the relentless impact that prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination have on mental health and well-being, and we are here if you need to talk. Our staff feels and understands that reactions may vary and may  include sadness, fear, outrage, a sense of helplessness, disbelief, and a feeling of endangerment, as well as a desire for increased unity or solidarity, empathy, and a heightened motivation to pursue social justice.

We now know that it is not enough to make statements of support. It has been proven that there are barriers to well- being regarding mental health when experiencing inequity and hatred. UTCC is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma caused by racism, bigotry, prejudice and indifference.

In addition to the individual services we are offering, we are continuing to partner with the Office of Multicultural Student Services by hosting virtual support groups for students of color. We are participating in a campus wide virtual discussion with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We will continue to assess and identify additional ways to be present for our Rockets while we too accept the call to engage in our own learning and advocacy. We hope that the resources provided are useful. Though supporting our students who feel directly impacted by racism is paramount, we also strongly advocate for the education and allyship of all students, faculty, and staff to truly improve the human condition for all of its members.

 

Click the links below to read statements made by other professional mental health organizations.

American Psychological Association

American Counseling Association

National Association of Social Workers

Ohio Psychological Association

American College Counseling Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Last Updated: 6/5/20