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Responding to Current Events

On May 9, 2021, six members of an extended family were killed in Colorado Springs by a gunman who later killed himself. It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado Springs history. Our hearts go out to the Ibarra, Perez, Gutierrez, and Cruz families, who lost loved ones in this horrible act of domestic violence.

We also acknowledge the impact of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, for his role in the death of George Floyd, on members of our campus community. Many of you followed the trial closely — with outrage, grief, and desperation for racial violence to stop.

The Chauvin trial and recent shootings have a disproportionate impact on BIPOC students, faculty, and staff members. The near-daily onslaught of additional reports of violence lingers heavily in our hearts and minds. As we process these events together as a community, we want you to be aware of the support and engagement resources that are available.

Student Resources

The Butler Center

The Butler Center, named for one of the earliest African American alums who invested in the future of CC, serves as the college center for diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity, and empowerment for the entire Colorado College community. Visit the Butler Center website.

Colorado College Black Student Union (CCBSU)

Student Leaders: Dylan Hall (d_hall@coloradocollege.edu) and Lonnell Schuler (l_schuler@coloradocollege.edu)

BSU is an inclusive, safe space on campus for intersectional Black and Brown people. We aim to engage students to explore and advocate for their intersectional identities while simultaneously building community among each other and allies. We also strive to foster a supportive and engaging environment by hosting both social and educational events with the hope of sparking campus-wide action on race and ethnicity.

Black Women @ CC

Student Leaders: Elizabeth Banjoko (e_banjoko@coloradocollege.edu) and Erin Huggins(e_huggins@coloradocollege.edu)

The mission of this group is to empower and uplift Black women. We hope to promote a positive body image and a healthy mind.

Justice Watch

Student Leader: Katie Wang (ke_wang@coloradocollege.edu) and Anjali Khanna (a_khanna@coloradocollege.edu)

The goal of Justice Watch is to be the eyes and ears of the community by addressing the lack of a group that independently monitors local judges and attorneys to keep them accountable for unfair treatment. It also seeks to address a lack of awareness, on the part of students, of what goes on in the justice system at a local level. To address these problems, Justice Watch brings students to the El Paso County courthouse to monitor these legal players. This group offers an opportunity for low time commitment volunteer work that has a high impact on the community and the members involved. The group drives students to the courthouse every second and third Monday of the block to observes/monitors court rooms for roughly one hour.

Multi-Racial Affinity Group

Student Leaders: Olivia Liu (o_liu@coloradocollege.edu) and Anya Steinberg (a_steinberg@coloradocollege.edu)

MRA is an organization for multiracial students to explore and advocate for their intersectional racial and ethnic identities while simultaneously building community among each other. We will discuss, document, and critically examine the experiences of navigating multi-racial and multi-ethnic identities on campus as well as worldwide. All this will be done while celebrating and highlighting the diversity of our members’ heritage.

Multicultural Organization of Students: An International Community (MOSAIC)

Student Leaders: Tronik Pallas (t_tronik@coloradocollege.edu) and Parker Rehmus (p_rehmus@coloradocollege.edu)

The mission of MOSAIC is to bring awareness to multiculturalism and internationalism at Colorado College and the surrounding community. Mosaic not only provides a safe space for international students to organize and talk about their own culture and the realities of being an international student at CC, but it also provides an opportunity for CC students of U.S. nationality an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about multiculturalism and internationalism at CC.

Chaplain’s Office

The Chaplain's Office fosters the life of the spirit by inviting authentic spiritual exploration and meaningful religious commitment. Supporting the human quest for identity and belonging, we cultivate an education of the heart to enrich the life of the mind at CC through rituals, practices, engaged communities, and individual spiritual and pastoral care. View the collection of resources curated by Chaplain Kate Holbrook: Intersections of Spirituality, Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Practice

The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund provides free text crisis counseling for BIPOC students; text STEVE to 741741 anytime of day or night (24/7) for support.

Student Support Resources

View the full list of support resources.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Teaching Resources

This topic may evoke strong emotions in everyone. Some may want to talk about it to process what happens in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, while others have a strong emotion to not want to talk about it. We recognize that for some, discussing race-related trauma can be retraumatizing. We have to work to understand student experiences and support them to process and heal from their trauma. Social justice issues affect everyone differently. Rather than stopping students from talking about what we are seeing on the news outlets, you can opt to discuss the Derek Chauvin trial in the classroom.

Here are resources that may be helpful for faculty or staff who want to create supportive spaces for students to process what has happened:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Guidance Resources provides short term counseling, crisis services, and legal/financial services to benefits-eligible staff, their spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children. EAP provides free, confidential, short-term counseling, referral, and follow-up services at no cost to you. You and your immediate family members are eligible for six counseling sessions per year.

Chaplain’s Office

The Chaplain's Office fosters the life of the spirit by inviting authentic spiritual exploration and meaningful religious commitment. Supporting the human quest for identity and belonging, we cultivate an education of the heart to enrich the life of the mind at CC through rituals, practices, engaged communities, and individual spiritual and pastoral care. View the collection of resources curated by Chaplain Kate Holbrook: Intersections of Spirituality, Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Practice

Supporting Your Fellow Employees

Below are ways to offer assistance, provide guidance, and acknowledge the added uncertainty placed upon employees during this difficult time. Whether you are a manager, supervisor, or team member, there will be opportunities during this time to care for and support one another.

Employees, especially BIPOC, may be facing stressors. This time in our lives is not “business as usual.” Make intentional efforts to reach out to your team members to check in on their safety and well-being.

  • Connect with your team personally and professionally through routine check-ins, keeping in mind that some employees may be experiencing stressful days. Consider extending work deadlines, offering time away from the computer as needed, and finding ways for employees to voluntarily discuss their experience, as appropriate. Managers and supervisors should listen openly and offer support when needed.

Manager and supervisor expectations:

  • Take this time to listen and understand the needs of your employees, offering support and services when needed.
  • Provide opportunities for listening sessions and feedback that allow for empathy, compassion, and care.

Source: Trial Community Support and Education by the University of Minnesota.

Education and Empowerment Resources

Post-Verdict Empowerment Plan

The Post-Verdict Empowerment Plan is a guided worksheet designed to help you process emotionally and stay involved in the issues that are important to you. It also contains a wealth of suggested readings, self-care/journaling prompts, and resources available on and off campus. 

CC Conversations

Ways to Show Active Support for Antiracism

View these ways to show your active support for antiracism assembled by the diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership team. Check out this list of ways to get involved

Protest and Demonstration Guidelines

View the protest and demonstration guidelines.

  1. There is a global pandemic happening: While this may seem obvious as we navigate how we engage physically, it is also important to keep this heightened stress level in mind as we engage emotionally. We are not simply working remotely, or physically distancing, but we are working, communicating, and protesting through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. We want you to civically engage AND we don't want you to get hurt (or sick). Talk, engage, protest, and demonstrate in ways that are in keeping with your value system AND in ways that will not put you or others in harm's way. 

We are providing this how-to guide as a way of helping to keep you safe and aware of resources, opportunities for engagement, and ordinances that can help you exercise your freedoms. We encourage you to get involved and take an active part in creating the change you want to see.

Sr. Helen Prejean: Advocating Against the Death Penalty

Sr. Helen Prejean, author of the bestselling book “Dead Man Walking” spoke about her new memoir “River of Fire” on Friday, April 2. Sr. Helen Prejean’s activism against the death penalty is known worldwide. She is the author of the bestselling book “Dead Man Walking” which sparked a national conversation around capital punishment and inspired a major motion picture. Her latest book “River of Fire” is a memoir aimed at anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to one’s purpose and passion. View the recording.

 

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