Release Date: November 3, 2020
The following is a statement from Sharon Mitchell, senior director of student wellness and director of counseling services at University at Buffalo. Mitchell also serves as a past president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.
“The University at Buffalo believes that all members of the campus community have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions in an environment where they feel safe and supported. In some instances, this involves creating spaces for students to connect with others who may share aspects of their identity. As such, the university is offering affinity group discussions, as well as group listening sessions that are open to all racial groups, to reflect on the election. Affinity groups can allow for increased vulnerability and honesty among students who vary in what spaces feel safe to them. All of these discussions are intended to provide an environment for sharing and support. They are not a form of mental health treatment.”