CAPS Multicultural Health Program – Intergroup Collaboration Diversity Award
CAPS Multicultural Health Program
The MCHP program was developed in summer 2020 following what has been dubbed the “Red Spring of 2020”; a time in our nation where racial injustice and police brutality were brought to the forefront of our collective attention. During that time, as a counseling center, we experienced an increase in BIPOC students struggling not only with the impact of the health pandemic, but a racism pandemic as well. We began, as a center, to envision what it would look like to have a program aimed at meeting the unique needs of this student population. At the same time, we began our own journey of anti-racist work by engaging in learning modules, caucuses and focused discussions.
By the start of the academic year, the MCHP program was fully installed with four FT staff members and 2 facilitators. In their role as facilitators, Dr. Scott and Dr. Williams spent much of the fall semester meeting with administration, campus partners and student organizations to discuss the programs’ goals and services. Liaison relationships were established between departments such as the Covenant Scholars Office, School of Medicine, Carolina Indian Center, and Athletics. That semester the MCHP staff engaged in over 30 outreach projects involving more than 200 BIPOC students!
Our MCHP staff members carry a variety of expertise including trauma, LGBTQIA, spirituality, eco or nature therapy, and first-gen support. They engage in individual therapy, group therapy, monthly workshops and outreach activities. Staff members are fully integrated into the counseling center and also have the ability to carry a small caseload of long-term clients. After a successful first year, we are excited to continue our work and look forward to spending some time this summer brainstorming ways to grow our program even more in the future!