The UCC is committed to understanding the role of diverse experiences and backgrounds in order to best promote mental health and wellbeing in the lives of individuals and in our community.
Words are wholly inadequate every time another tragedy occurs. Yet our hearts break, and we cannot remain silent in the face of persistent, willful political inaction as Black Americans, Asian Americans, and other marginalized racial and ethnic groups are being targeted and killed by domestic terrorists who have extreme accessibility to firearms and are driven by white supremacy, fear, power, and control. Our hearts go out to all who are impacted by the recent mass shootings, particularly those in our VU community who hold systemically marginalized identities and feel less safe as a result of racist violence.
The action steps below can help you consider ways to care for yourself and others in the aftermath of this tragedy. In addition, UCC counselors are here for those who wish to process their experiences and are in need of support.
- Reflect – Reflect on the impact of racial violence on the lived experiences of communities who share identities with the murdered victims and acknowledge your feelings with honesty and compassion
- Protect – Engage in self-care and limit media/social media consumption
- Connect – Reach out for support from others and check in on the needs of your friends and family with marginalized identities
- Advocate – Work to amplify the voices and needs of Black Americans, Asian Americans, and other marginalized racial and ethnic groups, vote, and explore opportunities for activism
Drop-in Consultations (formerly Let’s Talk) provide easy access to informal, confidential consultations with UCC counselors. Counselors can provide solutions and referrals to other on-campus and off-campus resources.
The service is open to eligible Vanderbilt University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students*. A Drop-in Consultation is a good fit for students who:
- Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor
- Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
- Have a specific problem and would like to talk it through with a counselor
- Have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do
*Students who have paid the Student Health Fee are eligible for UCC services.
New appointments for UCC services, including for therapy and medication management, are managed through the Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC), located in Rand Hall, Suite 305. After completion of an intake form, the Care Coordinators at the OSCC will assess a student’s needs in an in-person or telephone meeting and connect them to the most appropriate resources (including the University Counseling Center) to meet those needs.
- If you are a new client or have not seen a UCC provider in the past twelve months, use the button below to schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Care Coordination, located in Rand Hall, Suite 305.
- If you are a returning UCC client who has been seen by a UCC provider within the past twelve months, call the UCC at 615-322-2571 during clinic hours to schedule an appointment, or schedule your appointment on the Student Portal.
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