Dear Campus Community,
As you may know, yesterday we lost a member of the Wolfpack family and I know I speak for the larger community in stating that our thoughts and sympathies go to the family and friends impacted by this loss.
Today, many of us are experiencing grief or any number of emotions that can come along with such a loss, whether or not you knew the individual. There are also many in our community who might be experiencing depression or having a difficult time coping in relation to a variety of other personal issues. It is important to know there are campus resources available to us during this time and always at NC State. The NC State Counseling Center has counselors available to students on call 24/7 and can be reached at (919) 515-2423. Walk-in services are available 8 – 5 p.m.
If you witness behavior that is concerning to you by a student, faculty or staff member, you can contact Students of Concern to make a referral. If you witness an immediate threat to someone, University Police is a phone call or push of a button away.
Counselors are also available for faculty and staff by contacting the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. The FASAP is confidential and provided at no charge to faculty, staff and their dependents. Access counseling services 24/7 through FASAP by calling 866-467-0467, or using online resources at www.guidanceresources.com (webID: fasap).Your early action could save someone’s life.
Last night, more than 450 students, faculty and staff came together for a candlelight vigil on the Brickyard where emotions were high and healing began. Tonight I suspect the crowd will be even larger for an event on Stafford Commons at 8:00 p.m. During my time here at NC State I have repeatedly seen that when we experience the loss of a member of the Wolfpack, we come together and support each other. However, it is important that after time has passed and hearts and emotions begin to heal, we keep a piece of what we are feeling today as a reminder that we should always treat others with respect, dignity and care.
Today I ask that we begin making special efforts to include those that may feel excluded. Talk to someone in class you may not otherwise have talked to before today. Go out of your way to say hello and to get to know people that are different than you are. But don’t let that behavior stop after today. Take care of yourself and look to take care of each other everyday. It is our responsibility to continue to be supportive and inclusive of all members of the Pack.
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Division of Academic and Student Affairs