Previous Statements of Support
India is currently facing a devastating COVID-19 humanitarian emergency. Hospitals are overwhelmed, medical supplies are limited and many countries throughout the world are struggling with inequity of vaccine distribution. The Counseling Center offers our genuine compassion and concern to our International students currently in India; our students who are here with extended families and loved ones living in India; and our Indian students, faculty and staff impacted by this crisis. The Center is here to offer care during this time, whether you may want to drop in for a same-day one time check-in, meet individually, or schedule a consultation to join one of our groups.
In March of this year, the nation was paying close attention to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer and training officer who killed George Floyd. In the midst of the trial, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was senselessly killed by another police officer. News coverage of the images and videos surrounding the trial and other killings of people of color, although hard to watch for all, can be especially traumatic for Black and African American individuals who have already endured so much injustice, senseless violence, and racism. The Counseling Center recognizes that, although the verdict of the trial may have provided some relief, there is still much work to be done.
Some helpful tips to take care of yourself during and after the trial may include:
- Give yourself permission to set limits on social media and news coverage
- Take a moment to be present with yourself and name your feelings and experiences
- Create a community and trusted support system as well as set boundaries to prioritize and nurture yourself
Seeking therapy might also be a part of your self-care during this time. The Counseling Center stands in solidarity with our students of color and is here to offer you care and support, whether you want to drop in for a one-time check-in, meet individually or join one of our groups HERE (the Center offers a range of groups including a Students of Color group). We are committed to creating a space where students with diverse and marginalized identities are welcomed and understood. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to speak with a counselor.
Our deepest sympathy and loving thoughts go out to the loved ones of Soon C. Park, Suncha Kim, Hyun J. Grant, Yong A. Yue, Delaina A. Yaun Gonzalez, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels, who were murdered in Atlanta on March 16, 2021. Six of these victims were women of Asian descent. This mass violence is occurring at a time where there has been a marked increase in hate crimes, discrimination, and harassment towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. A recent poll showed 60% of Asian Americans have witnessed others blaming Asian people for the pandemic. This surge is the most recent part of a long history of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in America. The Drexel Counseling Center stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities against racism and senseless acts of hate and violence. We acknowledge the psychological consequences that these traumas have on our AAPI students, students of color, and the whole Drexel community. We stand with you and we are here for you.