Black Student Support

The University Counseling Center acknowledges the impact of institutionalized racism and generational trauma on marginalized people throughout history. We stand in solidarity with our Black students, Black colleagues, and the Black community during this time (and always). To those whose voices have been silenced, ignored, or invalidated, we hear our call to action. 

As mental health clinicians, we understand that oppressive systems have a direct impact on mental well-being. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing racial injustice and violence, one can experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, grief, helplessness, and/or guilt.  

We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. The University Counseling Center cares and is here for you. 


University Counseling Center Resources

Racial Trauma, Management, and Self-care Workshop

This self-guided virtual Healthy Lakers workshop on racial trauma is intended to provide resources, information, and support to our students of color. Here, you will learn more about identifying symptoms of race-related stress and racial trauma and ways it may impact your mental and physical health. These modules will also guide you through ways to manage racial distress, improve self-care, and learn more about resources available to you at GVSU and the community.


Mental Health Resources for the Black Community


GVSU Resources




Page last modified August 16, 2023