U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) created this space to acknowledge that while student life can be consuming due to academic demands, being a student is only one aspect of an individual’s identity. The current events of the world beyond, and within, the University of Michigan campus continue to evolve and shape the lived experience of us all. As a result, we think that it is important for the university community to remain aware of global, national, and local events, especially those that might impact the campus community and students’ daily life, health, and wellness.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Incidents of Race-Based Hate

CAPS strongly speaks out against racism, prejudice, and hate in all forms because it is ultimately destructive to our individual and collective mental health. Recently, several incidents of race-based hate have occurred at the University of Michigan and in Ann Arbor.  This mirrors incidents that have recently occurred around our region of Michigan and around the country.  Racist graffiti was found on a mural in downtown Ann Arbor and the residence hall door name tags of three Black students at the University of Michigan were vandalized with racist language.


#WeStandWithDreamers

On September 5, 2017 it was announced that the federal government plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has caused concern for many across the country. This decision will have serious implications for many individuals, including our University of Michigan students, who are either directly or indirectly impacted by this policy. We in CAPS want to clearly say that DACA students are welcomed and valued members of our campus community, and we support them and their presence on this campus.




Coping with Incidents of Hate and Bias

Recent acts of hatred and intolerance have shaken our campus and have caused harm to our individual and community well-being echoing the racial unrest in the country and around the world. Flyers filled with hate and mocking of a new institutional student pronoun practice aimed at promoting inclusivity for trans and gender nonconforming students have been harmful to our campus community.


A Letter from CAPS

Dear UM Student:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) acknowledges how painful the multiple acts of hate and racism over the past few weeks have been for our UM community. Each one of you belongs at the University of Michigan. You are essential, vital to this community, and you matter.  In light of these events, we have expanded our CAPS services in response to your emotional needs.


The Violence Needs to End

CAPS stand in solidarity with all individuals and communities who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the numerous tragedies and lives lost this year by senseless, unthinkable acts of hate and violence.  We continue, as a community to mourn the loss and irrational deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile whose lives were tragically taken on July 5th and July 6th .   We also mourn the loss of the five police officers that were killed, and express empathy towards several others who were injured on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  


Standing With Charlottesville, Standing Against Hate

In the aftermath of the horrific display of hatred, violence, group supremacy and domestic terrorism by White supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, we at CAPS are aware of the impact this has on our students and our community (even though it is Summer and many are away from campus).


Spotlight on 2016

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Below are the responses to events that occurred in 2016-17:


Another day, another hashtag.  You didn’t deserve this... #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile

We acknowledge the emotions that many U of M students, faculty, and staff are experiencing as a result of the recent deaths of Alton Sterling on July 5th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile on July 6th in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and offer our support and condolences to those who have been impacted directly and indirectly.  These young Black men died at the hands of police officers, and the number of Black and Brown individuals that are killed in similar situations, unfortunately, continue to increase.

Enough


A Response to the Orlando Massacre

We acknowledge and offer our support and condolences to all those that have been impacted either directly or indirectly by the recent terrorist attack and hate crime in Orlando, Florida. We mourn the loss of innocent people who have been taken from the LGBTQ communities in Orlando, and recognize this is a loss for all LGBTQ communities and allies throughout our nation. June is identified as a month for celebration of LGBTQ pride, making it even more poignant that we must now reflect with sympathy and compassion on the lives lost to targeted violence.


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