Concerns we address
"The Retreat" Newsletter
Counseling Center Statement on Recent Events in D.C.
In light of the white insurrection that took place at the United States Capitol, the Counseling Center extends our support to those impacted. These threatening and violent acts, which are rooted in white supremacist beliefs, are disturbing. We recognize the inherent racism in the differential response of law enforcement and government officials to those inciting and perpetuating violence in recent days and the Black Lives Matter protests calling for a just and equitable society. We recognize the emotional and psychological impact of witnessing violence, terrorism, and racist acts even if they take place at a physical distance, for all students and particularly for our BIPOC students.
As always, if you are in distress, please know that we are here to help. Students may contact us by calling 410-617-2273, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are in need of after-hours support, please call our after-hours counselor at 410-617-5530.
Managing stress related to political change
How To Cope With Trauma In a Time of Civil Unrest
Coping After Disaster
Loyola Counseling Center Land Acknowledgement
The staff at the Counseling Center humbly acknowledges and honors the Indigenous communities whose ancestral homelands and resources were stolen and colonized in the creation of this nation, state and campus. We recognize the Piscataway, Nanticoke and Lumbee as past, present, and future caretakers of this land.
A land acknowledgement is a small and insufficient step towards correcting the narrative and injustice of colonialism both past and present. While this small act will never erase the atrocities that have been endured by Indigenous peoples both locally and around the world, it is a part of our ongoing commitment to uplifting the sovereignty of Indigenous communities. We are therefore committed to resisting the oppression that takes many forms, including the attack on mental health, threat to the environment, and continued violence caused by systems of racism.
Counseling Center Statement About Racial Injustice and Violence
The Counseling Center joins the rest of the Loyola community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion for the racial injustices and tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These events have impacted all of us and reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and racism that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American communities. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing this trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, the Counseling Center is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office for support, coping, and healing. Please also consider Racial Violence & Injustice resources for Black and African American community members, people of color, and those seeking to promote anti-racism and engage in allyship.
The Counseling Center is excited to offer new drop-in support space(s) for students:
Let’s Connect Now: drop in affinity spaces for BIPOC students and LGBTQ+ students.