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Opinion: Repairing the Counseling Center’s broken relationship with AU community starts with building and earning the trust of students

(02/23/21 3:57pm)

The Counseling Center has almost always been a source of contention at American University. From students’ vocal dissatisfaction with the quality of care at the Counseling Center to the controversial email sent out by the Office of Campus life in January 2020, the Counseling Center’s reputation on AU’s campus has not been one of great pride. Still, after countless shared experiences and calls for action, the University continues to use wellness as a buzzword rather than making set commitments toward expanding resources and reimagining our Counseling Center. While each controversy may seem isolated, they follow a clear pattern of AU’s neglect of the student voices pleading with faculty to listen and take action.