We are all still reeling from the shock and anger of Saturday’s racially motivated hate crime against members of our Black community. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones, and everyone in our community who is experiencing grief in this moment. It is difficult to put these feelings into words.
We strongly stand in solidarity with our friends and neighbors working on the front-lines of racial justice. As members of a university community -- educators, scholars, artists -- we are committed to building cross-cultural understanding and empathy across our communities. We value research and critical inquiry alongside listening, engaging and respect for all people as part of our learning process.
In this difficult time, we encourage you to reach out to your professors and staff for support if you are feeling stress, anxiety or just need to talk. In addition, UB’s Counseling Services are available for help and guidance and UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center offers a safe space for all students.
Furthermore Theresa McCarthy and Luis Colón, Associate Deans for Inclusive Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences, will host a student centered community discussion from 12-1:30pm today (05/17/22) via Zoom, see links below. This session will hold space for College of Arts and Sciences community members grappling with the impact of last weekend’s harrowing tragedy in our community. It is open to all students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences and facilitated by UB Counseling Services experts, Frankie Kraft and Alison Smith. The Zoom information is below.
This senseless tragedy impacts us all, and in order to move forward and stay strong please take care of yourselves and each other.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
Art Department Administrator
College of Arts and Sciences Community Discussion:
Meeting ID: 932 9404 1433