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"The Retreat" Newsletter
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 spaces for students:
Election Distress Support:
The Counseling Center is offering a group drop-in space to provide support for students who are experiencing distress related to the upcoming election. This is not a therapy space, but rather a chance for students to talk with a counselor and peers about distress or concerns related to the election. Students needing to speak with a counselor urgently, or who would prefer to speak with a counselor individually, should call the Counseling Center at 410-617-2273. After-hours support is available by calling 410-617-5530. Information about additional counseling services can be shared, if needed, during the drop-in session. Join us on Zoom Mondays 2-3pm and Wednesdays from 11am-noon EST beginning 10/12. Consider these additional election distress resources.
Let’s Connect Now: drop in affinity spaces for BIPOC students and LGBTQ+ students.