A MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.
As our world struggles with COVID-19 and the grief associated with 100,000+ lives lost in our country alone, we also are faced with the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. The incidents we have all witnessed since the tragic death of George Floyd last week, reflect the structural and systemic oppression and injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing.
In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As mental health providers, we are committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by racial trauma.
We encourage all to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to current events of racial violence. We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself. Here are resources specific to the needs of our BIPOC students.
Mental Health Resources for Blacks, Indigenous People and People of Color