Darrien Davenport, Assistant Vice President of College Life and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, shares resources for employees dealing with trauma associated with the Chauvin trial. This Message was sent to employees on April 23, 2021.
I’m writing to follow up on President Iuliano’s letter regarding the Chauvin trial and resources for employees.
On Tuesday, April 27 from 5 - 6:30 p.m., the Human Resources Office will host Lisa Cameron MA, LPC, to facilitate an open session for faculty, administrators, and staff who need a space to talk, reflect, process or immerse themselves in a supportive environment.
Lisa has been a mental health practitioner for more than 15 years and specializes in working with diverse communities. Her areas of specialty are trauma and social justice. More information about Lisa and her expertise can be found here.
In addition to this facilitated conversation, employees should also feel free to reach out to our Employee Assistance Program. This program provides resources for faculty and staff facing everyday life challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, drug and alcohol problems, and more. This is a free and confidential service for all employees and their dependents. For assistance, please call 1-866-227-6527, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We would also like to offer up two additional resources:
- The Association of Black Psychologists developed a Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma to provide strategies for coping during these difficult times.
- The American Psychological Association created the RESilience Initiative to provide resources to parents and other community members to assist in promoting strength, health and wellbeing among youth of color.
Again, we hope you are able to join us for our discussion on April 27, and encourage you to seek the resources andsupport you may need in this challenging time. This has been a difficult week in a difficult year. Please know we are here for you.