Demand 3: Counseling and Psychological Services

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:

"Due to the systematic oppression faced by Black students throughout the world via colorism, racism, classism, mass incarceration, police brutality and all other injustices we need psychological services that cater to our unique psychological needs. Emory University prides itself on being responsive to the whole Emory University student (spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally), therefore, in order to include the Black student, we demand for the Emory University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to provide unique and alternative methods of counseling for Black students if they prefer to receive them. CAPS does not take into consideration that our psychic health is compromised due to systemic oppression (social, racial, economic, gender, etc). These alternative counseling methods include: Black spirituality methods, Black counselors, and counselors of color."

✓ Created Black Mental Health Ambassadors program (BMHA); group is re-starting for the new (2017-2018) year with new leadership from CAPS

 Provided suicide prevention bystander trainings (QPR) for students in the Black community (BMHA and Residence Life staff)

 Revised website, student of color resources and staff photos to highlight diversity

 Improved access to mental health resources for Black students (i.e. Students of Color group, Steve Fund crisis text line)

 Rolled out Interactive Screening Program for Stress & Depression to Black undergraduate students in (fall 2016)

_ Make request to resolve Demand 3 – All original action items are complete (fall 2017)