We understand that there is a notable lack of racial representation at most institutions’ counseling centers, which is responsible for the scarcity of beneficial mental health resources for the Black community, as they combat discrimination, micro-aggressions, and other racist sentiments. As such, w aim to prioritize the investigation of what modes of mental health support are the most effective and accessible to Black students in an academically rigorous environment, and how to practice them at institutions that lack adequate culturally conscious support.
We administered a survey to 38 college students to gauge how effectively college campuses address, promote, and adhere to health and wellness practices for their Black student body. The objective also sought to collect ideas surrounding potential implementations you would like to see in order to promote, reinstate, and/or revise mental health practices, support, and resources for the Black community on campus.
Some of the institutions these students attend are Harvard University, Boston University, University of Georgia, Brandeis University, Babson, and Northeastern, among others. Of the respondents, 3 are freshmen, 10 are sophomores, 16 are juniors, and 5 are seniors. None of the respondents were graduate or master's students.
In the survey, we tasked the respondents to rank on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 5 (extremely) regarding how they felt about the mental health services and resources within their various institutions.