University Health Services (UHS) has highly trained and diverse mental health providers with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in providing both routine and life-changing mental health care to underrepresented students. Their specialized care for our students is a point of pride for our university.
As a health care organization, we recognize that systems of oppression impact health and well-being. Research shows that students from historically excluded groups on college campuses often experience unique stresses. Research also shows that clients are more satisfied with counseling when it is provided by a counselor who is well versed in these stressors.
By hiring providers who can contribute their skills and expertise in support of the unique needs of students of color, UHS can better serve our diverse campus community. Mental health providers at UHS have several other specialty areas, including issues facing LGBTQ individuals, international/multilingual individuals, and couples as well as students in particular courses of study such as engineering and medicine. Offering providers with a range of specialties is a nationally recognized best practice to help improve students’ well-being and academic experience.
UHS and UW-Madison will continuously work to dispel myths, rumors, and disinformation about mental health services and resources for underrepresented students. Our goals remain steadfast: To support students who seek help and to improve the campus climate so that all students feel welcome, connected, and safe.