As the Derek Chauvin trial comes to a close, along with even more incidents of racial violence and acts of hate, CCPH is mindful of the pain and trauma that has been stirred up for so many in our UMass community, particularly students of color.
This trauma may be manifesting itself in a myriad of ways, including:
These are normal reactions to traumatic events and not suggestive of mental illness. Rather, they are the result of the culmination of years and generations of oppression, hate, and racism. We encourage students to express and seek support for your reactions. Connect with family, with friends, with faculty and staff, with your community. CCPH is also here to help you navigate through these intensely challenging times. Please view our array of services and/or call us at 413-545-2337. You might be especially interested in two drop in Community Conversation spaces we are offering (Wednesday, 4/21 at 3 p.m. and Thursday, 4/22 at 4 p.m.) dedicated to conversations about racial trauma and the Chauvin trial. Register here. You are also invited to join our Always Forward group, a space for Black undergraduate students to find their voice, Thursdays at 4 p.m.