Standing in Solidarity with UCSC's Black and African American Community

Student Health Services joins the rest of the UCSC community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the recent racialized violence that has been occurring across our nation.

We are appalled and outraged by the racist killings that continue up to the recent months and stand in solidarity with our Black and African American community.  These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and violence and we stand against racism and hate in all forms.  

As people across the nation and the world respond to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many other victims of violence and racism, we recognize that these traumatic events may be especially injurious to members of our African-American, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) community.

We know that grief, anxiety, anger, fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness are heightened and completely reasonable right now as people simultaneously grapple with the impact of COVID-19, including the way that it has disproportionately impacted communities of color, and resulted in continued racial violence against Asian-Americans. Watching the news coverage about possible causes and solutions can be overwhelming.

Student Health Services is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or been vicariously impacted by trauma. CAPS has mental health professionals ready to help. See our "Black Minds Matter" page information about services focused on ABC identified students.

Additional services can be received through CARE, SHOP, primary care, and our pharmacy.  We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. 

We would like to amplify the voices and statements listed below, as they offer valuable perspectives and resources:

 We grieve with you and are here for you.

 Student Health Services