The Vermont Connection


Historically, predominantly White institutions represent racial climates where Black student affairs professionals must combat racism, blocked opportunities, and various levels of environmental stress (Smith, Hung, & Franklin, 2011). Research suggests that predominantly White institutions are prime environments for producing racial battle fatigue amongst Black people. Recent media coverage highlights the racialized experiences and treatment of Black people in the United States by various branches of law enforcement. The #BlackLivesMatter Move- ment continues to build momentum in an effort to bring awareness to racial injustices and af rm Black lives. In addition to this awareness, the movement contributes to the larger conversation on the negative impacts of racism and its tragic consequences. This article will address the implications of oppressive systemic conditions of racism and their impact on the mental health of Black student affairs professionals.