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Statement on Recent Shooting Deaths

July 8, 2016

The violence that we are witnessing this week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and now Dallas is deplorable, and the immediacy of the news and videos can take a deep toll on physical and emotional health. As a community at the University of Illinois, we stand against racism and hatred in all forms and in any context. We have an obligation to one another to use our voices to actively change the conditions that allow this daily violence to occur, and we continually affirm our belief in mutual respect, regardless of differing opinions, positions, or political views.

The feeling of isolation in these experiences can be great. Please know that we are here to help provide support through the Counseling Center, as well as the cultural and resource centers of OIIR. Same day appointments are available. For faculty and staff, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program is another available resource. Seek out supportive spaces available for you across campus, and Student Affairs staff can participate in the NASPA Open Group for Discussion and Support. You are not alone at this moment, and I encourage you to reach out to one another and connect to community that can help provide support and solidarity.

C. Renée Romano
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Resources

Counseling Center
Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations
Faculty Staff Assistance Program
Statement from NASPA President Kevin Kruger
NASPA Open Group for Discussion and Support
(NASPA credentials required, but you do not need to be a member to participate.)