Petition to Hire Two Black Psychologists in the Marquette University Counseling Center

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As of April 9th, 2019, the Marquette University’s Counseling Center does not have any black psychologists out the sixteen who are staffed there.

CNN writer David Love found that on a ten-point scale, where one is little to no stress and ten is stress is heavily prevalent, African-Americans rated at a 5.5 to 3.8 for Caucasians. Also Black/African American young adults are more likely to attempt suicide than are white counterparts at 8.3 percent to 6.2 percent. With the rise of mental illness awareness on college campuses, the racism black students deal with on predominantly white campuses in their daily lives, and the low retention rates of black students, we feel that it is important to provide students with psychologists who not only understand their experiences but have lived them as well.

We have created this petition with the intent to recommend (Recommendation #4) that Marquette University hire one new psychologist who is an African-American woman and one new psychologist who is an African-American man by Spring 2020.