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Message to the CC community from the Chaplains’ Office and the Wellness Resource Center

Dear CC Community,

We learned this morning of the tragic shooting which took place in Las Vegas at a country music festival last night.  Press reports indicate that at least 58 people have died in the attack and Las Vegas police units have stated that 406 individuals were taken to area hospitals.  As reports continue to come in, the shooting last night is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well as with the first responders in Las Vegas.

Since the academic year began, we have witnessed several natural occurrences in places such as Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and the shooting in Las Vegas last night has brought back the tragic memories of human actions in places like Orlando and Paris.   It is difficult to make sense of the condition of the world and why these scenarios continue to occur.  Many of us at CC have been touched personally by the events of the past two months and we wish to remind the members of the community that it is in these times of sorrow that we need to be mindful of caring for each other and to create safe spaces for listening, reflection, identifying personal ways of grieving, as well as positive action.

Colorado College’s strength and character come from being able to support one another in times of crisis and to provide support when we are questioning the state of the world and our place in it.  Campus resources remain available to provide support and counseling to you as we try to absorb the ongoing news from Las Vegas.

The Chaplains’ Office staff is available by appointment or during our open office hours below:
·         Alex Hernandez-Siegel, Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Loomis Hall Lounge and Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m. in Sacred Grounds
·         Kobi Chumash, Mondays, Noon-1:30 p.m. in Worner 218 and Thursdays, 12:30-3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Interfaith House
·         Nori Rost, Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. in Sacred Grounds and Fridays, Noon-3 p.m. in Sacred Grounds
·         We are also continuing to offer student-led meditation exercises in Sacred Grounds on Monday and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m.

The Counseling Center staff is available by appointment (719-389-6093), and there is always a counselor on-call (dial the Counseling Center phone number to leave a message for an appointment, or to be connected with the counselor on-call).

The Wellness Resource Center staff (located in Worner 226) is available by appointment or drop-in. Members of the community can come in at any time to be in community together, or to use the art and journaling supplies.  Programming this week includes:
·        “Journaling for Healing and Moving Forward”:  Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Worner 226
·         “BADASS Active Bystander Intervention Certification Training”:  Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in Bemis Great Hall
·         WRC Open House:  Friday, Oct. 6, noon-5 p.m. in Worner 226

Please let us know how we can support you, and peace to you.

Alexander B. Hernández-Siegel                                               Heather L. Horton
Chaplain and Associate Dean of Students                             Director, Wellness Resource Center

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