Open letter: student support

(I just sent this to my own students: UBC colleagues, please feel free to share any part of it or the resources herein, they might be helpful to others too.)

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Dear students, colleagues, fellow citizens of the UBC community,

I’m writing this because I promised a colleague that I would say something to students, and because, like many people at UBC, I care about UBC and about students; I also spend a lot of time on campus due to working and living here, and what I’m going to write about is something that matters to this community as a whole. I’ll probably not say the right things or say them properly so I hope you get the general underlying ideas and forgive me for expressing them clumsily and too hastily.

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Yesterday, a violent assault—an attempted murder—happened here on your, our, campus. At the time of writing, we have all received our President’s  message of shock and concern. I hope that this present message will only be one of many that you receive today, and that it (or another message, and hopefully as many of them as possible) might be helpful to you.

If you were a witness to this assault or know any of those involved, you may be in need of help and support. Here are some people who can help; even if it is “just” talking to someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust, who will listen to you, that alone is already a vital service.

The same goes for any need to talk and to find support, whether something has happened to you or to someone you know, and also if nothing has happened but you worry that it might. Even if sometimes this seems like an overwhelmingly large university, and impersonal through its size and complexity: UBC is a compassionate caring community, made up of individual human beings.

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HERE TO HELP, IN IMMEDIATE PROXIMITY

Undergraduate residential advisers, and other student leaders who have had bystander & ally training

Neighbours, friends, and classmates

Faculty and other instructors (graduate-student teaching assistants, for example): you see us a lot, and we are here for you

VANCOUVER COMMUNITY RESOURCES

See AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre > Resources: community-based counselling, community support centres (ex. WAVAW, EVA), safety & reporting

YOUR AMS

  • Speakeasy: AMS Nest 1314
    Tue: 12.00-13.00 & 15.30-16.30
    Wed: 11:00-17.00
    Thu: 12:00-13:00
    + by appointment
  • Sexual Assault Support Centre: offer crisis and emotional support: AMS Nest 3127
    Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00
    (From 11 October: Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Resource groups: Colour Connected, Pride, Social Justice Centre, Women’s Centre

UBC – SUPPORT SERVICES

UBC – THE “GREEN FOLDER”

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UBC – EARLY ALERT

LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER

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(sample human resource)

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