Mental Health Crisis While Attending PWIs As A Black Student
As you remember the HBCU vs. PWI debate, there’s another pressing issue that never gets brought into the discussion. Black students who attend predominantly white institutions, PWI, developing mental health issues like depression and anxiety disorder. We never think about the African-American students having problems while attending a PWI.
In this article from Fox 5 Atlanta, two black students described their experiences while attending Georgia Tech. One student says he was diagnosed with “major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder” while trying to prove that he belongs at Tech. It seems that African-American students attending a prestige white college have to gain respect and contend with assumptions from their peers, professors, and the college environment. Another student says that while walking around the university’s campus, people confused them as a visitor or a college-athlete. How do these experiences not affect a student’s mental health? A student already has to deal with trying to graduate but to add not being wanted on campus because of your race. This will cause anyone to feel less than others or start to question their worth and intelligence.
Students should have a safe place to go to when they need to get away from campus. In recent news, “Students4Justice”, one of University of Michigan’s social activist groups, has called for the university to create a place designated just for Black students. The university is in the process of building a $10 million “multicultural” center, but the students say that this “multicultural center” is not enough. One member of Students4Justice says it is not enough because they “want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”
When will it ever be enough? When Black students try to approach their university about bringing awareness of including Blacks, they are cast as being too needed.
PWI or HBCU student share your thoughts and/or personal experience!!
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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”