Dear Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff and Faculty,
In the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial, I want to reaffirm my support for all communities of color and offer my sympathy to those impacted by the continuing acts of violence against minoritized populations. Members of the graduate community who are served by the Office of Graduate Studies can be reassured that we stand against injustice and are in full agreement with Chancellor Green that we must care for each other and provide the support for those in need.
The Graduate Studies staff and I will continue to work with campus partners to provide opportunities for safe dialogue regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion among the graduate community on our campus. The pandemic continues to impede our ability to physically gather for healing and support, but we are sincerely committed to doing the right thing. It is important to find ways to care for ourselves and to get involved. Our university offers a number of opportunities, places of support, and educational resources.
Opportunities for engagement:
- Dish It Up – Offered each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., Dish It Up provides a safe and engaging space for the university community to share personal views and engage in civil discussions concerning current events.
- Chancellor’s Diversity Commissions – Students, faculty and staff looking to participate in diversity, equity and inclusion work are encouraged to get involved in the commissions. Applications are open through June 15, 2021.
- How to Protest Safely – The right to peacefully assemble is fundamental. The Office of Student Affairs has developed a document for tips on how to do so safely.
For support and safety:
- Counseling and Psychological Services – If you need help processing or discussing your feelings about what is going on in your life or the world around you, individual counseling or group counseling is available
- Employee Assistance Program – EAP is a confidential service that offers counseling and consultation to employees and family members related to personal and professional wellbeing at no cost to the employee.
- Racial equity resources – The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has large array of resources available coordinated by ODI, our academic colleges, university libraries collaborating units and other key groups.
- Advocating for Inclusion, Respect, and Equity (AFIRE) – Housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS), this collective promotes inclusion, respect, and equity for faculty, staff and students in CEHS and for the greater campus through advocacy, programs, and education.
As we near the end of the academic year, we need to support each other more than ever. The Office of Graduate Studies is here to listen, support and advocate for your well-being.
Dean for Graduate Studies