Berea College stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those peacefully demonstrating against police brutality across the country and around the world. As the first interracial and coeducational college in the slaveholding South in 1855, this moment calls for our support. Our history and our commitments demand it.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 3,700 hate crimes against Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people have been reported in the United States, according to Stop AAPI Hate. In the last few weeks alone, there has been a series of incidents targeting senior citizens in California, some of which resulted in fatalities, random attacks on Asian residents in New York City, and the most recent shootings that occurred in Atlanta, GA, resulting in the deaths of eight people, six of whom were identified as Asian women.
Counseling Services condemns racist and xenophobic rhetoric, hate and violence of all kinds, and we also recognize that such violence and harassment creates real trauma and negatively impacts the students we serve, our colleagues, and their family and friends.
Our mission includes a commitment to inclusive excellence and the promotion of social justice. We will continue working toward racial equity and integrating inclusive practices to ensure people from all backgrounds are welcome in Counseling Services. We commit to acknowledging and addressing all facets of White Supremacy to ensure that ALL Bereans can thrive on our campus and be safe in our world.
We proudly and unwaveringly stand with our Asian and Asian-American friends, family, students and colleagues.
Berea College Counseling Services attempts to meet the personal and developmental needs of individual students. Licensed professional counselors assist students with difficulties in an unbiased and objective way. All professional counseling services are completely confidential. No one, including parents, relatives, friends, or college staff has access to any information about a student without their consent. The only exceptions are suspected child abuse, threats to harm self or others, emergency hospitalization, or civil law suits when one’s mental state is an issue in the case.
The mission of Berea College Counseling Services is to provide a professional and confidential setting for the psychological, emotional and developmental support of a diverse body of students as they pursue academic goals and explore personal growth. Counseling Services plays an essential role in serving Berea College students through individual and group counseling, referrals to campus and community resources, and programming to support and enhance growth and development. Counseling Services supports faculty and staff by providing consultation regarding concerns about a particular student, as well as training and outreach on a variety of common mental health issues that can impact the performance of a student.
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
– William James