For months, we at the University Counseling Center (UCC) have witnessed the effects
of the presidential election on the mental health of our campus community. We are
keenly aware of the particular impact current policies may have on members of our
community who identify as people of color, documented and undocumented international
students, and Muslims. Many people identifying as gender and sexual minorities experience
similar oppression. If you are feeling marginalized for any reason we want you to
know that we are here, and we are committed to providing a space where you can be
heard, seen, and supported. We reaffirm our commitment to providing an accepting,
compassionate, and supportive environment.
We know that our experiences have been deeply enriched and strengthened by the cultural
and intellectual diversity University of Utah students bring to our community. We
appreciate you, and your safety and security is of utmost importance. We want those
at the University of Utah and beyond to understand that UCC staff members stand for
cultural diversity, and that our center provides a sanctuary for dealing with the
fear, confusion, and uncertainty engendered by recent and ongoing policy changes.