August 21, 2017

The following is an open letter from the UW School of Social Work: "We strongly denounce the white supremacist violence witnessed on the weekend of Aug. 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia. These types of domestic terrorist acts and hate-based events are against everything we stand for as social workers, as members of the School of Social Work community, and as people fighting for an inclusive democracy. We deeply appreciate the statement of UW president Ana Mari Cauce, and stand in solidarity with her and others in rejecting the brutal expressions of racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and bigotry. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone whose lives have been touched by this senseless tragedy especially those who lost their lives or suffered injuries in Charlottesville.

These are challenging times for many in our community. We have many excellent services to support students, staff, and faculty on our campus who may have been impacted by these events. Please feel free to reach out to us to connect with these services.

For students: The Counseling Center (206-543-1240) is free for students and offers professional services for stress management, coping strategies, and ways to manage conditions like anxiety and depression. They also have same-day appointments. Hall Health Mental Health (206-543-5030) offers similar services and also provide medication evaluation and management, group therapy, and other services. For faculty and staff, there are resources available through UW HR WorkLife resources.  

As our School prepares for a new academic year, we continue to emphatically reject hate and bigotry. It is more critical than ever that we stand together against attempts to divide us from each other, and embrace our mission of social justice, diversity and inclusion."