Our Latinx students encompass a broad diversity of cultural backgrounds, nationalities, languages, and racial groups, and the experiences of this community vary widely.
Some unique experiences of students in the Latinx community may include the following:
- Minority stress and racial and/or ethnic microaggressions, and associated distress
- Skills as bilingual and/or bicultural individuals
- Understanding one's Latinx identity within a predominantly white institution
- Being a first-generation college student or citizen
- Facing stereotypes or assumptions about the Latinx community
These experiences and stressors may contribute to multiple forms of distress:
- Feelings of loneliness or alienation
- Sleep and appetite disruptions
- Negative impact on academic performance
University Counseling Services is here to help. If you would like to speak with a counselor about your concerns, please reach out to us.
Gaining social support at VCU and becoming part of a larger community helps you feel less alone. The resources below are designed to offer additional support.
- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
- Undergrads can join the Latinx Student Association, or the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native American in Science (VCU Chapter)
- Graduate students can join the Latinx Graduate Student Association