Campus Response to Recent Tragedies
May 25, 2022
Like most of you, the NHCC leadership team is heartbroken to learn of another horrible school tragedy. Our hearts are with the educators, students, and families of Robb Elementary School, and the Uvalde community at this time.
Over the past several weeks, our country has experienced mass shootings, claiming the lives of people in Buffalo, NY, and a Southern California church. The victims were grandparents, mothers, fathers, spouses, aunts, and uncles, whose biographies show people engaged in caregiving for their families and active in their communities. These were despicable and senseless actions, which call us to stand together against hatred, including rhetoric that incites and fuels violence in our communities.
While the victims, their families, and communities are in our thoughts and prayers, each of us must consider the actions we will take to fight for peace and justice in our communities. We are reminded of this especially today, as we honor the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. I know these events can cause fear, anger, and despair among our students, employees, and their families. Please take care of yourself by using the support services provided for both students and employees, if needed. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Share community resources with others.
- Connect students with NHCC Counseling Services.
- Learn more about NHCC in Solidarity and how you can get involved.
- Access the Employee Assistance Program for personal support 24/7.
We know when communities are in crisis it is painful and confusing for individuals and families, which often leads to a heightened sense of anxiety and fear. We also know the disruption of the pandemic has led to lowered capacities, increased stress responses, and decreased emotional regulation skills in general. We understand our students, faculty, and staff may need additional support during this time.
Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Be mindful that those around you may be hurting right now and take steps to extend compassion – in the classroom, in our Zoom spaces, and as we interact around the campus. Reach out if you need support, and, as always, let me know if you have any questions.