Current events nationally and abroad can impact each of us in many ways – sometimes immediately and sometimes in the weeks, months, or years down the road. Violence in places where we have often felt the safest to connect with one another and to be ourselves fully, like our communities and campuses, can evoke a range of reactions that include fear, anger, confusion, and sadness.
The staff at the EKU Counseling Center is committed to diversity and inclusion and is here to provide support to all EKU students. If you are struggling with the personal impacts of recent events (national or abroad), the tone of national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats, or other more subtle forms of oppression based on any aspect of your identity, please utilize walk-in services at the EKU Counseling Center. The EKU Counseling Center will remain a safe space for discussions of the impact of these tragedies. We are on the 5th floor of the Whitlock Student Services Building (room #571). You may also reach us by phone at: 859-622-1303, and you can check our Getting Started with Counseling Services page.
You may find this meditation for peace helpful.
Online resources regarding the impact of mass violence and discrimination, and how to build resilience are available from:
Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting – American Psychological Association
Building Resilience to Manage Indirect Exposure to Terrorism – American Psychological Association
Racism, Bias, and Discrimination: What It Is, and How to Cope – American Psychological Association
Stress in America: The Impact of Discrimination – American Psychological Association
RESilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race – American Psychological Association