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Office of Diversity and Equity

Healing from Community Trauma: Resources and Information

  RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH STRESS IN THE WAKE OF COMMUNITY TRAUMA AND BEYOND 

This webpage addresses many community needs following the recent tragedy in Minnesota and the ongoing community trauma that our communities are experiencing.  The webpage also includes tools for further action and education about the individual experience(s) of community trauma based on systemic racism in varying perspectives, which is beneficial to our university and other communities at large.

Racism is a critical public health issue that impacts all aspects of our health, especially social and mental well-being.


WCSU PLEDGE STATEMENT

The WCSU administration, members of the University Diversity Council as well as support from WCSU AAUP and SUAOF chapters acknowledge and pledge to adhere to the following:

Keep our eyes on the real issue in naming and recognizing systemic racism and oppression.

Design processes to create gracious and brave (virtual and physical) spaces for our university community to conduct dialogue on varying topics on race-relate trauma and experiences without consuming each other or creating further conflicts.

Engage our university community with a focus on, but not be distracted from, the centuries-long, deep-seated issues that we as a nation must confront and faithfully work through with real encounters, skills to listen with understanding and actions that truly transcend into our university culture from these words “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”


CSCU RESPONSE(S) TO THE CURRENT EVENT(s): 

  1. April 6, 2020 – Electronic Message from WCSU President, Dr. John B. Clark and Jesenia Minier Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer re: COVID-19 and community response to minority groups
  2. June 1, 2020 – Electronic Message from CSCU President Mark E. Ojakian re: George Floyd response
  3. June 1, 2020 – Electronic Message from WCSU President, Dr. John B.  Clark  re: George Floyd response
  4. June 18, 2020 – Electronic Message from WCSU President, Dr. John B. Clark and CSCU President, Mark Ojakian re: DACA Supreme Court Decision 
  5. June 19, 2020 – Electronic Message from WCSU President, Dr. John B. Clark re: Juneteenth World Wide Celebration
  6. June 19, 2020 – Facebook message from WCSU President, Dr. John B. Clark re: Juneteenth World Wide Celebration

 

COPING STRATEGIES – INFORMATION AND RESOURCE POSTING(S)

Please click the links to view the following listed resources and strategies for stressful times are adapted from the JED Foundation’s Coping with Violence, Trauma and Tragedy tip sheet:

PRESS PAUSE: Step away from the news occasionally, and take a moment to reflect when you have an emotional reaction to something before responding. This strategy will help you determine which reactions are going to help you cope and contribute to solving a program, and which are counterproductive. Staying informed and engaged is crucial, but so is staying healthy.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: While jumping into advocate mode and ignoring our own pain is an understandable reaction, it isn’t always effective or healthy. It’s okay to reach out to friends, family, and health providers for support.
TAKE CARE OF OTHERS. Be aware of the warning signs of depression, distress, and hopelessness. If you notice someone struggling, trust your instinct and start that conversation.
TAKE THOUGHTFUL ACTIONS: Be cautious about sharing news and videos with depictions of violence. Ask yourself why you are sharing it, and include information that includes a solution, action items, and/or resources. Constructive conversations can educate and mobilize, but name-calling and mudslinging are ineffective, anxiety-producing, and frustrating actions that do not lead to solutions.
BE AN ALLY AND GET INVOLVED:  There are many ways you can show or be involved in actively demonstrating your commitment.

 

FACULTY/EDUCATOR RESOURCES: WCSU is here to help foster learning, support active dialogue and continue to build a safe, equitable community for all. Part of building this community is to engage in learning and to be open to understanding about privilege, racism, and creating social change in (and outside of) the classroom.

The various links, information and resources on this webpage are to offer coping skills and resources to support you in these stressful times we’re all experiencing together.  Please take a moment to review the posted links, publications, listed resources, strategies videos, webinars, and updates in more detail to offer a more candid opportunity to understand, be compassionate and to support those who are experiencing issues firsthand from the wake of existing (and evolving) community trauma.