Statement of Support for Our Students Related to Recent Events & Public Commentary Promoting Hatred and Violence

As oppressive public statements and acts of violence and stress in form of social media posts, terrorist threats, and immigration restrictions continue to impact our nation, the Student Counseling Center extends our thoughts to the campus community. We imagine that students, staff and faculty as well as departments and campus organizations within the Black, Jewish, Muslim, International, Latinx, Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander and LGBT+ communities are especially impacted. These events and their racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-immigration and anti-LGBT hatred can create and increase sadness, terror, grief, anger, confusion, stress and trauma. The Student Counseling Center remains committed to supporting and affirming students who hold identities that are marginalized. We also invite students to access support around how to ensure that their privileged identities do not impose stress, harm, microaggression and violence toward fellow Comets.

The Student Counseling Center holds drop-in support groups in the fall and spring semesters in which discussion about identity and the sociopolitical climate occur regularly, and students are encouraged to attend. Our individual, group and couples therapy services continue to be available and a place for students to have safe spaces to discuss. If there is more that the Student Counseling Center can do to support students related to cultural identity based stress and trauma, we would like to know. Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Kimberly Burdine, at [email protected] with feedback related to our diversity, inclusion and equity services. If you are interested in learning more about how to address microaggression, become a social justice advocate and/or receive additional support as a member of marginalized groups the UT Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement has a number of valuable programs. The Galerstein Gender Center, Multicultural Center, International Center, Military and Veterans Center, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student AccessAbility have helpful information and services.

If you are faculty or staff at UT Dallas, you might find it helpful to access the Employee Assistance Program should you be experiencing an increase of stress at this time.

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Resources for Responding to Social Justice Concerns

UT Dallas Counseling Center After-Hours Hotline: 972‑UTD‑TALK

UT Dallas Community Resources