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Giving thanks and offering support

November 24, 2021

Dean of Students Christina Olstad shared the following message on Nov. 24:

Dear students,

It’s a time of year to pause, reflect and share gratitude. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone in person on campus and thank you for being part of our vibrant community. This recess may offer us an opportunity to connect with the people we love, the activities that give our lives meaning, and the traditions we cherish.

While many of us are experiencing hope and excitement, some of us may also be experiencing a very real heaviness. There has been difficult news for many: The senseless violence in Waukesha, the Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha and the McMichael-Bryan trial in Georgia related to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and academic stress can impact us in many different ways.

The collective toll of stress or anxiety makes it more important to care for ourselves and one another. In community, where we are all valued, we can find respite and resilience.

Reaching out for support is a sign of self-awareness and strength. As a reminder, the university offers many resources, multiple modes of support, and meaningful ways to connect.

Reach out to the Dean of Students Office for assistance with academic and personal issues, emergency loans and help with food/housing insecurity, and many other resources. Fill out the Same-Day Drop-in Form to start the process.

Counseling staff at University Health Services (UHS) are also available to talk with students impacted by recent events or other personal concerns. After-hours medical advice and mental health support will be available during the break.

Take care of yourselves, and each other.

Christina Olstad, Ed.D. (she/her)
Dean of Students