Dear SDSU community,

Many of us are surprised and shaken by the violence seen in our nation’s capital today.

Participating in the democratic process is an important civic duty, and voting is one of the most important ways for citizens to influence the direction of our society. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and other rights, but it does not allow endangering others. In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

As a public institution, we honor our historic role: It is our responsibility to support and promote freedom of expression for all members of our community. We hold in high esteem the core values of truth-seeking, freedom of inquiry, and civil discourse that guide the work of our faculty and the instruction of our students. This is why we are proud of the ways our faculty and staff work together to help our students to become global, ethical, and engaged citizens of our democracy.

Recognizing that this stressful moment has real impact on our lives, we would like to remind our community of the support available to you.

Support Available for Students, Faculty and Staff

Below are support services that are available should you need assistance during this time:

  • Counseling & Psychological Services offers a range of therapeutic services to support students, and offers consultation to faculty and staff who need help supporting students. Call 619-594-5220 to schedule a consultation with a therapist and visit the Counseling & Psychological Services website for additional information.

  • The Employee Assistance Program offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a range of concerns, including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling 1-800-367-7474 and visiting the EAP website.

  • Faculty can contact the Office of Faculty Advancement at 619-594-6111 for additional support.

  • Staff can contact the Center for Human Resources at 619-594-6404 for additional support.

Ways to Cope with Frustration, Stress

In addition to relying on support services, we urge you to take action to take care of yourselves with these recommended practices:

  • Focus on stress-reducing habits. Plan your meals for today, and for the rest of this week in advance. Embrace healthy eating, exercise, and social connections in safe ways.

  • Prioritize time to unplug. The constant news cycle can become overwhelming. Take time away to take care of your mental and emotional health.

  • Look for hope. Share moments of joy and inspiration with neighbors, peers, your professors and with students. We have much to honor and celebrate with one another.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President

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