We at CCSD want to acknowledge the unsurprising but horrific and disgusting events in our nation’s capital yesterday. Terrorists breached our Capitol, at the invitation of the president of the United States, with very little resistance from the forces that are tasked with protecting our democracy and our citizens, resistance that was easily mustered against the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
We recognize the emotional and psychological impact of witnessing violence, terrorism, and racist acts even if they take place at a physical distance, for all students and particularly for our BIPOC students. It amplifies the daily racial trauma they endure. We are in pain as we name this and acknowledge the deep work ahead of this nation and recognize this additional weight on our collective mental health. We ask all who have white privilege on campus, to examine your hearts and beliefs and challenge yourself to help make the UD community a more inclusive and safer environment for all.
For those Black Identified students who need a place of support, we have the Black Identified Student Support Group that meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3- 4:30 pm. It is facilitated by Dr. Ghynecee Temple and Dr. Jennifer Major. If you would like to join, please see the flyer for RSVP information.
The UDHelpline is available 24x7x365 for phone support at 302-831-1001.
People of color can also text STEVE to 741741 for a crisis counselor.
We would also like to provide some helpful links.
Campaign Zero is a project of the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, “We The Protesters,” that encourages policymakers to focus on solutions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness at reducing police violence: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
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