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Berquam, Sims: UW offers Ferguson resources

November 24, 2014

Dean of Student Lori Berquam and Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate Patrick Sims posted the following statement on Monday, Nov. 24:

“We recognize that today’s grand jury decision about Officer Darren Wilson and the death of Michael Brown will spark a wide range of opinions and emotions in the UW–Madison community.

Regardless of your view of the case, we know that it has been a traumatic few months in Ferguson, Missouri, and for many in our own Madison community.

We offer our support to all UW students, faculty and staff, as well as those from Missouri.

As your Dean of Students and Chief Diversity Officer, it’s our goal to provide a forum for students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts and feelings about this case in a safe space.

The Multicultural Student Center lounge at the Red Gym will be open this evening for members of the campus community who want to gather, exchange views and discuss the decision. We welcome those of all views and points of view.

With our great tradition of thinking and learning, we hope events like this one can help bring our community together and not divide us further.

In addition, students in need of counseling or support for this or any other situation are encouraged to contact University Health Services.

Drop in to Counseling and Consultation Services (333 East Campus Mall, 7th floor) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or call the 24-hour UHS crisis line at 608-265-5600, option 9.