Negotiating a complex world amid a changing political landscape
Amid these turbulent political times, the UNC Charlotte Counseling Center affirms its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Center, through its work with individual students and in its outreach to the University community, aspires to create an affirming, accessible, and safe environment that celebrates human diversity. We understand diversity to include but not be limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identify and expression, sexual identity, sex, age, socio-economic status, religion, ability, nationality, and language. We are dedicated to social justice through increased awareness of the effects of oppression, prejudice, and discrimination.
We recognize that local, national, and international events can have significant impact on many members of our campus community. For some students, the impact is direct and personal. For others, the divisive climate is disturbing and provocative. It is our mission to assist members of the UNC Charlotte community thrive academically, personally, and interpersonally, which can only be accomplished in an atmosphere of safety and security.
We offer the following suggestions that may be helpful to some people who are struggling to cope with the tensions created by the current climate.
We are grateful to the staff of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Michigan, who have graciously granted us permission to adapt their excellent and helpful advice for our use here.
Continue with your routine. Engage in healthy activities.
Self-care is always important. It is critical that we take are of ourselves when faced with anxiety, sadness, or anger. If possible, maintain your usual routine, and be sure to attend to important elements of well-being: exercise, sleep, nutrition, and connections to people who provide balance in your life.
Spend time with people and in activities where you are comfortable. If you seek to get out of your comfort zone (which can lead to growth and an improved sense of well-being), find activities that are meaningful to you.
Pay attention to your emotions.
Allow yourself to feel and express your anger, pain, sadness, or anxiety. Find a safe place and trusted friends or counselors to express and explore your feelings.
Consider limiting your exposure to news and media.
Information can be empowering. An over-exposure to information, especially within the 24-hour news cycle and social media, can be overwhelming. Frequent exposure to news stories can increase distress and distract you from the present moment of your life. By moving away from media and toward a more active engagement with your community, including meaningful social action, you can feel empowered in your response to events rather than overwhelmed.
Reach out for help.
If you feel that it might be helpful for you to talk with a counselor in a confidential setting in order to cope with your anxiety, sense of safety, mood, or daily functioning, consider making an appointment at the Counseling Center. Counseling services for students are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm by calling the Center at 704-687-0311 or visiting us at 158 Atkins. More detailed information about our services is available throughout this website.
Statement on anti-Muslim, vulgar poster in Wallis Hall
In light of a recent Islamaphobic poster depicting sexual violence that was displayed in an on-campus residence hall, the Counseling Center wishes to reaffirm our support and commitment to all Muslim students and survivors of sexual trauma at UNC Charlotte and everyone else who has been impacted by this act. The Counseling Center calls upon students, faculty, and staff to support one another against the perpetuation and minimization of sexual violence, xenophobia, racism, and Islamaphobia. We are here to support students who have been directly or indirectly impacted. Students who wish to access our services can contact the Center at 704-687-0311 to schedule an appointment.
Statement on the Impact of the Presidential Election
The UNC Charlotte Counseling Center strives to be a welcoming and safe place for all students, and we affirm our commitment to all students regardless of their political views. We recognize that this has been a particularly divisive election season, with a significant amount of hurtful and hateful rhetoric impacting many members of our campus community because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious afilliation, political views, country of origin, or other aspects of their identity. More than ever, we need to stay connected by seeking support and extending it to others. While there are times when we can feel helpless in the face of political vitriol, be mindful that it is within our power to impact the world as we impact those closest to us. This is a time when peace and healing are most needed.
If you think support from the Counseling Center may be helpful to you, please contact us at 704-687-0311.
Please see the following links regarding stress related to the Presidential election:
Statement in Response to Ongoing Violence against the Black Community
As many students, faculty, and staff begin to cope with the pain of the recent shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and of Keith Lamont Scott in our home city of Charlotte, the staff of the Counseling Center at UNC Charlotte want to voice our solidarity with and support for our Black students, staff, and faculty and all members of our community who are affected by these tragedies. We acknowledge that these tragedies spark deep pain, fear, anger, frustration, and exhaustion, especially in the context of historical racism and oppression. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of these tragedies.
We recognize that many students at UNC Charlotte are affected by the above events, and we want to offer our support. Please know that the Counseling Center is available for UNC Charlotte students who need the safe space to talk about these events. We also recognize the need for other safe spaces outside the Counseling Center and the need for community support. Below is a list of some on-campus and off-campus support resources. We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with your reactions. We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and with social media so that you can take care of yourself. You may also click this following link for a 15-minute Black Lives Matter meditation: http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/.
University Counseling Center
Counseling services for students are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm by calling the Center at 704-687-0311 or visiting us at 158 Atkins. More detailed information about our services is available throughout this website. We call your attention to our statement on inclusion and diversity below. More information about support services will be available as events unfold.
On Campus Resources for Students
Multicultural Resource Center
Student Union 210
Dean of Students Office
217 King Building
On Campus Student Organizations
Black Student Union
The Undergraduate Association for the Study of Black History
100 Black Women
United Black Professionals
Black Graduate Student Organization
Advocates for Change
100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte
740 W. 5th Street Suite 206
Charlotte, NC 28202
Q City Metro
NAACP Chapters of Greater Charlotte
NAACP Chapter of North Carolina
Resources for Staff and Faculty
Support services for faculty and staff are available through ComPsych.
|Please see http://hr.uncc.edu/employee-relations/compsych-guidance-resources-employee-assistance-program for more information regarding available resources.
Statement in response to ongoing violence against underrepresented groups
The staff of the Counseling Center at UNC Charlotte have been following the horrific and tragic events that have occurred recently in Orlando, FL, Baton Rouge, LA, Falcon Heights, MN, and Dallas, TX. We cannot begin to imagine the level of pain, invalidation, frustration and anger that many people are trying to come to terms with, and make sense of, in the aftermath of such senseless violence and unnecessary deaths. We recognize that these tragedies are evidence of historical systemic oppression and the devaluing of Black lives and bodies in our society, even now. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the victims of these tragedies.
We recognize that diverse communities of UNC Charlotte are affected by these tragedies and may be in need of support. Please know that the Counseling Center is, as always, committed to promoting inclusion and we honor the diversity and strength within the University community during these difficult times. We strive to listen to and validate the lived experiences of those who have been historically disenfranchised and disregarded, and provide support in coping with such feelings of marginalization and helplessness.
Resources for Students
Counseling services for students are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm by calling the Center at 704-687-0311 or visiting us at 158 Atkins. Students seeking emergency support outside of business hours should call the Counseling Center at 704-687-0311 to be directed to FoneMed nurse triage. More detailed information about our services is available throughout this website. We call your attention to our statement on inclusion and diversity below. More information about support services will be available as events unfold.
Resources for Staff and Faculty
Support services for faculty and staff are available through ComPsych. Please see http://hr.uncc.edu/employee-relations/compsych-guidance-resources-employee-assistance-program for more information regarding available resources.