Monday, November 20, 2017

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SDSU Statement on Charlottesville

By SDSU News Team
 

San Diego State University President Sally Roush, Associated Students President Chimezie Ebiriekwe and University Senate Chair Marcie Bober-Michel issue the following statement on Charlottesville:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of Heather D. Heyer and the two Virginia State Police officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who lost their lives in the midst of the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

We also send our support to the many injured, the state of Virginia and our peers at the University of Virginia as they deal with the aftermath of this trauma.

We at San Diego State University denounce the ideologies and actions of neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist groups, including those who participated in violence over the weekend leading to this horrifying situation.

Words and actions matter, so this must be repeated with clarity: The San Diego State University community does not condone bigotry, hatred or discrimination, and we will not tolerate any form of violence against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or other social identities. We affirm and uphold our shared core values – diversity, inclusion, respect and understanding – and strive to provide an environment that is safe, supportive and equitable.

Given these tragic events in Charlottesville and current nationwide conversations, we acknowledge that members of our community might be fearful or angry and might feel unsafe or vulnerable. Students seeking resources and support on campus are encouraged to contact Dr. Randy Timm, Dean of Students, at deanofstudents@mail.sdsu.edu.

We also want to remind students that Counseling and Psychological Services professionals are available at 619-594-5220 and psycserv@mail.sdsu.edu. Our counselors offer support whenever you are feeling emotionally distressed and also when you have needs in the aftermath of a tragedy.

SDSU’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to employees who need support. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Center for Human Resources at 619-594-6404 for more information.

In light of recent events, we are reviewing our policies and procedures and strive to create a safe and supportive environment for all members of our university community – an environment in which we can best pursue excellence in education, scholarship and service.