Trauma of COVID on Black Students in Higher Education

Black college students not only face a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19, they are particularly vulnerable to its ps
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Scrolling through your Instagram timeline these days might be more celebratory than usual. But, as our young people make their way back to school, their hopes and smiles won’t be able to mask the reality of the continuing global pandemic.

It’s different this year, and for some, quite overwhelming.

Black college students not only face a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19, they are particularly vulnerable to its psychological damage — especially when the struggle against inequality and the current financial crisis are factored in.

It’s a triple threat that most colleges and universities have found themselves ill-equipped to manage. COVID-19 has exposed health and economic inequities that past generations have not had to deal with so directly.

The disparities that exist because of COVID-19 are the result of prepandemic realities — healthcare, access to technology, social justice concerns, financial challenges, and a sense of community. These areas of concern have been amplified to a critical level, and it’s making attending college more of a burden.

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