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The staff at the CCC want to again acknowledge the range of feelings, including scared, angry, fearful, isolated, frustrated, confused, hopeless, and numb, following the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the shootings in Dallas. We understand that events of this nature, which have a long-standing history, continue to evoke emotions, questions, and may spark debates between individuals and exacerbate some of these issues and stressful reactions. We, at the Cook Counseling Center, continue to promote inclusion and, at the same time, acknowledge the multicultural struggles that may impact students, faculty, and staff. The CCC will continue to stand against all forms of oppression and any prolonged unjust treatment of others. We encourage reaching out to friends and family for support, participating in self-care activities, attending events such as vigils and memorials to demonstrate some form of social action, and dialoguing and engaging in the struggle towards social justice wherever and whenever possible.
Below are some resources that will be helpful in coping with the recent shootings:
#OrlandoUnited—As we process the Orlando, Florida shootings and other acts of violence in the nation we see our friends, families, loved ones, communities, and ourselves in these tragedies. The Cook Counseling Center is committed to the promotion and celebration of diversity in all its forms and recognize that not all diversity is universally valued. For this reason, the counseling center feels a special obligation as a mental health agency to affirm diversity, condemn oppression in every form, and to encourage the utilization of our services by all students. We stand against all forms of oppression and any prolonged unjust treatment of others. If you are struggling with the personal impact of these events, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats, or other subtler forms of oppression because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, country of origin, or other aspects of your identity, we encourage you to reach out for support. We seek to provide a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all persons that seek our services.
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? These are normal feelings for students going through the university experience. If you would like assistance managing any situation in your life, we are here to help. If you have never been seen at the counseling center, you may call 540-231-6557 to schedule an initial appointment.