CCSD offers resources for coping and connection, including specific support for students impacted by current and ongoing events and those who have traditionally under-utilized our services.
The COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide reawakening to racial trauma has brought light to the injustices suffered by people of color in our communities. All of our staff have been trained in racial trauma, and we have been working to make our center more accessible and more equitable in our offerings, such as our culturally responsive services which include Student of Color and Rainbow Drop-In Hours. We also respond via our Community Support blog when we become aware of community or global events that impact our students’ mental health, and we always welcome suggestions for improvement at 302-831-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 12 is Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day acknowledges the impact of European settlement and celebrates Indigenous resilience throughout the Americas. It advocates for Native visibility and representation. It has been adopted by multiple states and cities in the U.S. in an effort to reclaim the whitewashed narrative and the erasure of the true histories of colonialism, genocide, and racism that Native peoples have experienced and continue to face.
In observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, the CCSD acknowledges that the Delaware River and surrounding lands have been home to the Lenape people for thousands of years. We remember the original inhabitants of this land, the Lenape people, past and present, and honor the First State with gratitude for its Indigenous stewards.
Other ways to support the Indigenous population include attending an online class on Native American history, listening to music by a Native artist, or learning about the history of the land that you occupy.
For more information on Native culture and history, as well as online programs, please visit the National Museum of the American Indian: https://americanindian.si.edu
We at CCSD want to express our collective grief and anger in regards to the unjust verdict of the grand jury indictment of the Breonna Taylor criminal case. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. All Black lives matter. We stand with our Black Identified UD community against these repeated actions of police brutality, violence and systemic oppression towards Black Folx, and understand that this can be a difficult time for many. We at CCSD are aware of the emotional impact of Breonna Taylor’s murder, and countless other acts of violence towards Black Folx, has on our Blue Hen Community. It’s worth saying again that it is normal to experience strong emotions related to these repeated racial traumas which can range from anger to despair, fear and hopelessness, and chronic exhaustion. We at CCSD want to let you know we are here to support you. Below are several of our resources for our students who may need emotional support during these times.
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.
If you find that you need support in processing your experience, or would just like to speak with a counselor, contact us at 302-831-2141.
Student of Color Virtual Drop-in hours: Students of color can meet with staff of color without going through our triage process. To access these appointments, call our main number and request one of these meetings. You will be offered the first available open time. Current hours are Tuesdays at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. & 1:00 P.M., and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. If these times do not work with your schedule, please let our front desk staff know you would like to meet with a Counselor of Color and we will work with you to have you meet with one of them.
The UDHelpline is available 24x7x365 for phone support at 302-831-1001.
Blue Hen Bounty is a student-run food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to all UD students in need of this support. They are currently open and available by appointment only. Please visit their website for more information, or click on the picture below for a downloadable .PDF.
On the eve of the fall semester, our hearts are heavy following another week of unspeakable violence and trauma against Black Americans. We at the CCSD, stand in solidarity with our UD Black community and condemn the violence and re-traumatization towards Black people across the nation. The shooting of Jacob Blake–now paralyzed–by a white police officer and the murders of peaceful protesters in the past week have been horrifying and continue to remind us of the violence against Black and Brown people that has been happening this year…and for hundreds of years.
The death of Chadwick Boseman was another blow. A man who inspired so many of us with his work in films like Black Panther lost a long and largely private battle with cancer. For our community members of color, we know this is heartbreaking news at a time already marred by the loss of far too many role models and leaders. Of Boseman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote: “He was and is a celluloid monument as powerful as the Lincoln Memorial, a visual manifestation of the qualities African Americans strive for, so that his name itself conjures the image of a black man with integrity and courage.”
It’s been a challenging year in many ways. At the CCSD, we encourage you to practice self-care in whatever way is meaningful to you. Connect with your friends and family. Talk about what it’s like for you to hear about and consider these many losses and continued acts of violence. Think about what you can do to make your world and your community a better place. And if you think talking to a professional counselor could be helpful for you, please give us a call.
If you’re an ally and would like to help bring about change, here are some organizations to consider:
The CCSD recognizes and mourns the loss by arson of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. A source of support and fellowship for our Jewish students, faculty, and staff, the Chabad Center was an active part of the university’s faith community. We condemn this act of anti-Semitism, which has undoubtedly brought forth fear, anxiety, and generational trauma in our Jewish community. Students impacted by this loss are encouraged to contact our center at 302-831-2141 or call the UD Helpline at 302-831-1001.
To donate to the GoFundMe established to help rebuild the Center, go to:
We at the CCSD join the world in mourning the horrific explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020. With over 100 dead and thousands injured and displaced, our hearts go out to the residents of Beirut, and to all Lebanese people in our UD community and around the world. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, this additional trauma is all the more difficult to absorb. If you are a UD student who has been impacted by this event, please reach out to the counseling center at 302-831-2141 or the UD Helpline at 831-1001 (24/7).
Resources for resilience and self-care in times of crisis:
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror
101 Ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming
Taking care of yourself
Coping with disaster
Please consider using the following resources as needed:
- Center for Counseling and Student Development for counseling and support 302-831-2141
- UDHelpline- for evening and weekend hour support, available in several languages 302-831-1001
- Office of the Dean of Students-to report experience and seek guidance email@example.com
- The Office of International Students and Scholars 302-831-2115
- Asian American Advancing Justice-for support and to report www.standagainsthatred.org
- The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law https://8449nohate.org/
- The Stop Hate Hotline 1-844-9-NO-HATE available in several languages
To Our Campus Community,
In the past weeks, Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s lives were cut short by police actions. As a center, in striving toward social justice values, we unequivocally condemn these acts of racism and white supremacy and stand in support of the ongoing protests in calling for justice and police accountability. As a center, we believe Black Lives Matter.
Counselors at CCSD join you and your feelings about these senseless deaths and are aware of the impact this has on individuals within our Black community. It is normal to be experiencing strong emotions which can range from anger to despair. If you find that you need support in processing your experience, or would just like to speak with a counselor, contact us at 302-831-2141. Counselors of Color are available at your request. The UDHelpline is available 24x7x365 for phone support at 302-831-1001. Young people of color can also text STEVE to 741741 for a crisis counselor.
Here are some online resources for those who are in pain for the trauma, especially the Black staff and students in our community.
- The Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans
- Coping While Black: A Season of Traumatic News Takes a Psychological Toll
- Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma
- Family Community Self Care Tool Kit
- Black Lives Matter Meditation
Here is some information for people who are interested in learning more:
- Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge
- 5 Steps Latinos Can Take to Combat Anti-Blackness
- 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now
Dear UD students – –
As Director of the CCSD and as a person, I am disturbed and sickened by the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor.
Unfortunately, their deaths remind of us of how often tragedies like these happen in our country and neighborhoods. The deaths add new names to a horrible list but not new consequences to racism and the pervasiveness of racism against Black and Brown people. Events like these and the protests in so many cities weigh heavily on everyone, especially Black and Brown people.
I encourage each of you to care for yourselves in the best ways you can. If you are a white person, identifying ways to support your Black and Brown friends, classmates and neighbors and letting everyone know that what is happening is not okay with you.
To everyone – I want you to know that we are here for you. The counseling center is available M-F from 8-4:30 – – call us (302-831-2141) to speak with someone if you think it could be useful. Be gentle with yourself.
Brad Wolgast, PhD, CBSM
Center for Counseling and Student Development
University of Delaware
With Meenal Jog, M.Ed. and Hsiu-Hui Chen, Ph.D.
Friday, May 29
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Center for Counseling and Student Development invites UD’s international students and scholars to check in this Friday to discuss any stressors that might be impacting you during this challenging time.
If you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP and read the disclaimer. A Zoom link will be sent on Friday at noon to the email address provided.
Register for this Check-in
We, the staff at CCSD, join in mourning the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man whose death has only recently garnered media attention. We unequivocally condemn acts of violence and hatred, and are aware that they trigger racial trauma. We particularly condemn this as an act of anti-Black racism and stand in solidarity with African-American members of our community.
If you would like to seek support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling our center at 302-831-2141, and you can additionally request to speak with a staff member of color. Please see further resources and information below.
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we at the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) wanted to share with you a collection of resources from our colleagues at the Center for Deployment Psychology designed to provide you information on coping with your reactions to the current crisis.
If you would like to speak to a counselor during normal business hours, you can call the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302.831.2141. If you are in a crisis or if you would like to talk to a therapist after hours, please call our 24/7 UD Helpline at 302.831.1001.
To access the National Veteran’s Crisis Line:
Text Line: 8388255
Online Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
We at CCSD are aware that there are ongoing concerns among members of our community regarding access to several resources at this time. This, in addition to managing ongoing stress and uncertainty related to this rapidly evolving situation, can be quite taxing for mental health. We will continue to update our site as resources emerge, and we will continue to do our best to support you and your holistic needs.
Please see the details below for information regarding resources related to self-care:
Or, please see the university’s web page for other information for students for additional information.
As the situation around COVID-19 continues to develop and rapidly change, it is normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. We at CCSD would like to provide resources and support for our community and will continue to update this page as further details emerge.
In addition to caring for basic needs, we hope you are able to maintain a sense of community and connectedness during these difficult times. Attending to academic/work-related obligations remotely can feel very isolating so don’t forget to reach out to friends, family members, and loved ones. Continue to monitor the situation, but be mindful of maintaining a positive outlook, having perspective, and knowing when to seek additional help if you feel overwhelmed.
It is also important to work as a community and be thoughtful in sharing resources. Please be considerate of people who are most vulnerable, and reach out in support to those who need it.
We will continue to update our website, and we are available to provide remote consultative services at this time. Please call our office during regular hours, or call the UD Helpline (302-831-1001) if you experience a crisis. You can also text ‘UDTEXT’ to 741741 for text support. Please see our Resources page for self-help links which we will continue to add to. For official university sources and to receive updates, visit www.udel.edu/home/coronavirus/
Ideas for self-care:
- 12 Museums that offer free virtual tours
- The Metropolitan Opera will stream operas for free
- Netflix has a watch together function – you can chat and video call with friends while watching a program together
- Consider video calling via services like Duo and Google Hangouts
- Embrace nature, practice social distancing, and go for a walk! Delaware State Parks are open and waiving entrance fees unitl April 30, 2019
As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread, we at CCSD understand that people are being impacted in different and challenging ways, and we would like to express our support and care to our campus community during this time of anxiety and loss.
We understand that due to the global spread of the virus, some people may be impacted due to changes in freedom, income, or a sense of security, as well the loss of a loved one to the disease. Along with this, we want to acknowledge that with this can come fear and intensified concerns/emotions. There have been increasing incidents of xenophobia and racism targeting Asian identified people around the world and in our community. As part of our core values, CCSD is strongly against any xenophobic and racist acts, and all are welcome here.
For more information about Coronavirus, visit udel.edu/coronavirus.
We here at CCSD have been deeply saddened by a number of crises occurring in the world. We understand that a number of our students are impacted by these, and are here to offer our support to our Blue Hen community.
On January 3, the Planned Parenthood of Delaware was targeted in an act of domestic terrorism. We are aware that many of those served there are members of our campus community.
Before dawn on Tuesday January 7, 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Puerto Rico amidst several preceding smaller earthquakes and aftershocks.
Puerto Rico is still in a state of recovery and rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. We are aware that some students in our Blue Hen community are directly affected by these events because they are from and/or have loved ones affected by these disasters.
We are also aware of the bushfire crisis happening in Australia. Many lives have been lost or hurt because of the fire. We acknowledge the impacts cover Australia and outside Australia environmentally, systematically, and politically. We believe this crisis and its impacts can cause emotional distress in various ways.
We here at the CCSD would like to invite any student affected by the aforementioned events to seek out supportive counseling services from our CCSD counseling staff, as we recognize that such events and the ongoing stress resulting from them can be overwhelming and make it difficult to cope and navigate one’s role as a student. Please visit our main page for information regarding appointment hours and drop-in hours. If there is any other way you think CCSD can be helpful for the community other then the services we listed, please don’t hesitate to discuss with us.
Times like these can invoke feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, and anger. Please know that these reactions are normal and valid. In addition to seeking services through our center, we encourage you to reach out to those you trust and feel connected to, and we also encourage you to engage in self-care. If you would like to explore further resources on resilience and self-care during times of crisis, please read below:
If you perceive an immediate danger or risk of suicide, call 911 for immediate assistance.
Students can also reach mental health support 24 hours a day on the UD Helpline or the Crisis Text Line.