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Duke University Adds Four Asian American Counselors to its Staff

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Asian InterVarsity Student Fellowship at Duke , 28% of sthe student population at Duke are Asian/American

Earlier this month, we reported on a surge of racist incidents involving Asian American students at Duke University.

It’s been an issue that dates back to 2015 at the North Carolina college.

Now school officials are responding saying they are doing their best to listen to students and address diversity issues.

This month Duke announced six of the last eight hires in its counseling staff have been people of color, including four Asian Americans, according to The Chronicle.

That’s in increase of one Asian American counselor in the fall of 2015 out of a staff of 32.

“The students will know that we’ve listened to them and we’ve taken their feedback very seriously,” said Danielle Oakley, the director of Counseling and Psychological Services. “We also hope that it represents to the students that we have a commitment to working with those who have experienced marginalization, discrimination and oppression and that we understand the impact of those on their mental health.”

Oakley says the center has seen in increase of minority students seeking counseling, especially after the election of Donald Trump as president.

“Since we have been focusing on the impacts of marginalization and discrimination on mental health, we have more students of color and marginalized groups coming in and talking about that experience with us,” she said.

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