CSC Statement on Recent Violence

Dear Students,

We hope you have wrapped up this challenging semester with attention on your emotional and physical well-being. Recent news coverage surrounding violence committed against people of color and the trans community has been devastating and frustrating, and the Counseling Services staff understands that some of you may be feeling overwhelmed as the details of these stories continue to be discussed. Footage of violence is traumatic, and with the extent these videos are shared, we want you to know that our counselors are available to listen and support you through these moments. At a time of great physical separation, keeping lines of communication open to talk through our responses helps us stay connected as we continue to advocate for social justice, support communities who are hurting, and alleviate the emotional weight one person may be carrying. 

We are here to support and empower our students to choose their response. While some students may find this upsetting and seek emotional support, others may use this as motivation for activism. Still others may be unmoved by the events. Wherever you find yourself, our doors remain open.  We have also included some additional resources if you are struggling. Be kind to one another and check in with your friends and family who might be shaken right now.

Peace.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

Counseling Services Hub

(You must be logged in using your Laker ID)

Tea Talk - Sunday-Friday from 2:00-3:00pm on Zoom (Link on our Hub page)

Let's Text - Monday 12pm-5pm, Tuesday 10am-3pm, and Thursday 11am-2pm (Link on our Hub page)

Therapy for Black Girls Instagram - "Self-Care When the News is Awful"

Proactively Coping With Racism

The Trevor Project

Support for Trans Community

Dr. Hector Y. Adames and Dr. Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas: “Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color.”