Students at a California university are encouraged to report “race-related stress,” such as not being called on in class by the professor, the New York Post reported.
California State University Monterey Bay’s Personal Growth and Counseling Center website instructs students to document and report instances of racism and intolerance experienced on campus. The center cites not being called on in class as an example of possible covert racism by the professor and urges students to report the behavior.
“Don’t ignore or minimize your experiences, and think broadly about what could be an act of racism,” the counseling center’s website states. “It doesn’t have to be an overt act (e.g., professor consistently not calling on you or minimizing your contributions, curriculum racially biased, etc). Talk to someone you trust and report it.”
According to the center, “Race-related stress reactions only require that a person believes that they were the target of racism.”
It states that race-related stress can cause students to react with anger, anxiety, fear, depression, helplessness, isolation, and self-blame, which can lead to heart disease, hypertension, and muscle tension.
“These psychological and physical effects can have a significant effect on your daily life,” the center noted. “You may also experience a phenomenon known as stereotype threat, which involves the fear that one’s actions will confirm existing stereotypes about a person’s self-identified racial/ethnic group.”
The center offers advice on how to cope with “race-related stress.” For example, it urges students to build a support network of friends and family, lean on their belief system, cultivate a positive cultural identity, “affirm” themselves, practice “self-care,” and get “empowered” by becoming involved in social action.
The center argued that “racism is part of the culture” and encouraged students to “call people out when you witness acts of injustice and intolerance.” However, it recommended avoiding “accusing another person of being a racist” because it “automatically puts them on the defensive, shutting them down and ending the conversation.”
“Encourage thoughtfulness and dialogue by addressing racist behaviors and language, without escalating into hostility and name-calling,” the center stated.
According to school statistics, there were 7,000 students enrolled in the 2022 fall semester. Approximately 46% were Latino, 29% were white, 3% were African-American, 9% were Asian-American, and 8% were two or more races.
The university did not reply to a request for comment, Fox News Digital reported.
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