A message from the AUCCCO Board of Directors in collaboration with and under the leadership of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

We at AUCCCO, are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of and injury to life that occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017.  Our thoughts are with the deceased and injured, their families and friends, and everyone who has been directly impacted by this mass shooting.

Our hearts are heavy. We struggle to process the extent and magnitude of this loss. We struggle to make sense of such violence and destruction perpetrated by one individual. As mental health professionals, we recognize that direct or indirect exposure to such violence can be traumatizing and/or lead to a variety of emotions – confusion, anger, fear, sadness, grief, numbness, disillusionment, hopelessness, and many others. It can trigger other traumatic memories of previous experiences with violence and/or loss. Such mass shootings also raise many questions around gun violence, role of mental health, and gun violence prevention policies.

We encourage everyone to marshal compassion for self and others. Allow for time and space, connection and separation, activism and disengagement as needed for healing to take place. We encourage everyone when possible to lean in and offer support to friends and family members. We encourage everyone to seek support from friends, families and when necessary from a mental health professional.

To our colleagues - even as you are taking care of yourselves, your families, students and communities, please know that AUCCCO is here to support you and your outreach efforts. We encourage you to use resources on our member site, as well as the listserv, to both share ideas and support one another.

Some Resources:

http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/gun-violence-prevention.aspx

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/federal-advocacy/Pages/AAPFederalGunViolencePreventionRecommendationstoWhiteHouse.aspx

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx


A message from the AUCCCO Board of Directors in collaboration with and under the leadership of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

September 14, 2017

Earlier last week, it was announced that the current administration will end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy. This change in policy, and the hateful rhetoric around immigration, affects many in our communities, leaving DACA recipients and their families with feelings of fear, uncertainty, anger and sadness. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to stay motivated and focus on the day to day tasks of the present. We at AUCCCO would like to voice our commitment to affected communities and reaffirm our values of inclusion and mutual respect. We would once again like to underscore the importance of outreach to these marginalized populations and our role in engendering safety in our communities.

As members of the AUCCCO, we want to remind you of the importance of our work within our communities as well as within our Counseling Centers and within ourselves. As professionals we seek to continue our social justice work to illuminate the traumatic effect of oppression, including racial-based trauma, to work to eliminate systems of oppression, and to provide support and care to those impacted.  We encourage everyone to care for themselves, and one another, recognizing that people respond to tragedies in many different ways. We are reminded of the crucial role that Counseling Centers can play in reaching out to marginalized populations on campus and in our communities, as we strive for peace and respect for human differences.  Being in community is one of the key ways we can navigate the process of healing. Please know that AUCCCO, and our strong, resilient, and inclusive community is here to support you and your outreach efforts. We encourage you to use resources on our member site, as well as the listserv, to both share ideas and support one another. 

A message from the AUCCCO Board of Directors in collaboration with and under the leadership of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

August 16, 2017

In light of the recent displays of hatred and violence by a group of white supremacists toward communities of color and other marginalized groups in Charlottesville, VA, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO) wishes to speak out against racism and violence in all its forms.  We voice our solidarity with and commitment to our colleagues and students of color, as well as other communities directly impacted.  We acknowledge that this tragedy sparks deep pain, fear, anger, frustration, and exhaustion, especially in the context of historical racism and oppression. 

As mental health professionals, we seek to continue our social justice work to provide support and care to all who are impacted; to illuminate the traumatic effects of oppression, including racial-based trauma; and to work to eliminate systems of oppression as well as create safe, inclusive environments.  We acknowledge that there are some within our organization who have the lived experiences of racism and others who do not. Each of us has a responsibility to unite with individuals whose oppressed identities we do not share, to speak out against injustices, to encourage peaceful dialogue across differences, and to understand our own areas of privilege and ways in which we contribute to the maintenance of an oppressive system even unintentionally.   

We encourage everyone to care for themselves and one another, and also recognize that people respond to tragedies in many different ways.  We are reminded of the crucial role that Counseling Centers can play in reaching out to marginalized populations on campus and in our communities, as we strive for peace and respect for human differences.  Please know that AUCCCO, and our strong, resilient, and inclusive community is here to support you and your outreach efforts. We encourage you to use resources on our member site, as well as the listserv, to both share ideas and support one another.

Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach

Statement on tragedy in Orlando, FL

June 14, 2016
The Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), along with others across the country and beyond, are reeling from the tragedy in Orlando.  Our hearts are heavy, particularly after an engaging annual conference focused on diversity, as we try to absorb the devastation of that which is unfathomable…

Read the full statement: AUCCCO Statement on tragedy in Orlando



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