Statement of Solidarity with Duquesne's Black Students

Statement of Solidarity with Duquesne's Black Students

The Center for Student Wellbeing (Counseling Services, Health Services, and Recreation Services) stands in solidarity with our Black students and, indeed, with all of the University's Black and indigenous people of color, and believes that Black lives matter. Unapologetically and on no uncertain terms, do we condemn the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd; an unarmed, defenseless, already subdued Black man, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer. More widely, we see our role in supporting our students as one that must recognize larger societal issues, both to work for solutions and to provide support for those affected,

For our students. we recognize that the corrosive and dehumanizing effects of systemic racism create an array of challenges. The Center for Student Wellbeing recognizes systemic racism and its wide and varied impacts collectively as a public health crisis that has plagued our country and caused suffering and death to countless named and unnamed Black men, women, and children. As the University does its work to create a more inclusive and supportive community at Duquesne, our Center will stand with our people and advocate for their wellness in this and many dimensions. With love, wisdom, and fearless speech, do we speak truth to power, now and forever more.

Knowing the pain, suffering, and trauma this has caused you, Counseling Services wants to let you know that we are here for you. To that end, we want to offer individual counseling via Zoom if desired or needed. To initiate this process, you would only need to send an email to Samantha Taylor at pringles@duq.edu or call 412.396.6204 and leave a confidential voicemail. We will also be offering a counseling group specifically for Black students who want to come together via Zoom so as to give and receive mutual support in a safe space. If you are interested in participating, contact Quincy Stephenson at stephensonq@duq.edu.