Counseling available for students’ post -election concerns

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In the aftermath of the Presidential election season, Fresno State is offering counseling services at its Student Health and Counseling Center on a walk-in basis for students in crisis 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (after hours, students are encouraged to call Exodus), Nov. 14, at the Speaker Platform (located north of the Henry Madden Library) as well as other meetings with students. (The campus is closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.)

In a message to the campus community today, Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro said, “As your President, I am personally committed to fostering a welcoming and supportive campus environment where everyone can thrive. During challenging times, we have the greatest opportunity to listen and learn from one another. I was heartened and inspired by the impromptu conversations I had with many of you on campus and in the community today. Your resilience and optimism will propel us forward as we stay focused on our mission to boldly educate and empower students for success.”

The tables will be staffed by members of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Fresno State team, said Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services who is the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity chair. The commission, made up of faculty and staff, supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University.

The National Coalition Building Institute International is a nonprofit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and inter-group conflict on campuses and in communities throughout the world. Its university campus affiliate members are trained to provide a proactive response to discrimination and intergroup conflicts. The Fresno State Campus Affiliate consists of a team of students, faculty and staff trained to lead workshops on prejudice reduction and dealing with controversial issues.

Additionally, Gaby Encinas, coordinator of the Dream Success Center, reports that some of the University’s undocumented students have expressed concerns over U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies. She is referring these students to counselors in the health center and is developing informational workshops next week with local immigration attorneys to provide clarification regarding their residence and educational status.

“I am keenly aware of the serious concerns that many of our undocumented students have about their future,” Castro said regarding the Dreamer students. “Fresno State is committed to supporting the success of all of our talented students, including undocumented students. Our students are a critical part of the next generation of leaders in the Valley and beyond.”

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White also issued a statement today in which he said “Elections are essential to democracy. Yet, they are not easy. They test our resolve, but also our understanding and compassion. They can be difficult and sometimes even painful, especially for those who hoped for a different outcome.  It is also our responsibility to hold our political leaders to account, regardless of party. To meet that obligation, the California State University and California State Student Association will together be leading advocates in advancing the rights of our students, faculty and staff.” See full statement: CSU post election.

Students may also seek support at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center in Thomas Building, room 110A, or call 559.278.4435. For employees: the Employee Assistance Program in Lab School, Room 185, or call 278.1655

For more information about the listening tables, contact Vicki Taylor at 559.278.2083 or for the Dream Center, Encinas at 559.278.1787.

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