Statement Regarding The Tragic Shootings This Weekend
A message from Dr. Renée T. White, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
I was deeply saddened by the shootings in Buffalo, NY and Laguna Woods, CA over the weekend. Whether indiscriminate or targeted at a particular community, it is heartbreaking that acts of violence in our nation and around the world occur so often. I write to express my sympathy for all those affected by these terrible events. The cumulative impact of the spate of violence cannot be underestimated. This week in particular, as we count down to university Commencement, it is important to recognize that some of us may be balancing our sadness with our wish to celebrate our community. That is the complexity of the human spirit, of what it means to be in and of the world.
Please remember that support is available to students, faculty, and staff. We all must prioritize mental wellbeing during times of crisis. Below is a list of the available resources and support for our community. We encourage you to reach out to any of the university offices or 24/7 crisis lines listed below for support.
Support Resources for Faculty and Staff
Reporting Bias, Bigotry, and Harassment
If any member of our community experiences or observes an incident that harms them or someone else, please file a report.
The Office of the University Ombudsperson is a safe, confidential space where you can have an off-the-record conversation about your experience or concerns and explore your options for moving forward.
Employee Assistance Program
Employees can seek additional support through the Employee Assistance Program.
Campus Safety staff are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies on campus. Call 212.229.7001.
Campus Safety App
The New School Campus Safety app provides instant access to campus safety resources, such as Friend Walk—a feature that lets you share your location in real-time with a friend. You can download the app at the Apple Store or visit Google Play.
Support Resources for Students
Counseling at Student Health Services (SHS)
If you are experiencing distress and would like to talk, Student Health Services offers short-term individual therapy, psychiatry, mindfulness sessions, and specialized support groups. You can schedule your initial appointment online, or email SHS@newschool.edu to make an appointment.
Student Support and Advocacy (SSA)
If you need additional assistance, please reach out to Student Support and Advocacy who are here to support students with a broad range of personal challenges. Reach out to get connected to services both on and off-campus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Safety staff are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies on campus. Call 212.229.7001. Remember to download the New School Campus Safety App, where you can find our walk with a friend program. You can download the app at the Apple Store or visit Google Play.
In addition to these support services, we encourage all students to visit the Anti-Violence Resources page for a list of community resources.