The common read that the Curriculum Executive Committee chose for this year, The Round House, deals with racism, particularly against Native Americans and with the use of sexual assault as a weapon. Such material can be difficult for those who have experienced racism and/or sexual assault. As such, we wanted to make you aware of several resources available both on campus and in the local Colorado Springs community. We encourage you to reach out to any of these offices for support at any time.
Campus Confidential Support Systems
At CC, confidential means any information given to a confidential resource will not be shared with the school or anyone else. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, campus Chaplains, counselors, and START (Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team) group members provide clear information and confidential support to assist students.
- Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
- Anna Thompson, the Colorado College Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is the on-campus advocate for those affected by sexual violence. As a confidential resource, the SARC provides information, options, referrals, and support to survivors regardless of when or where their assaults occurred. We recognize that content such as that in The Round House can be triggering and especially difficult for those with experience with sexual and other gender-based violence, as well as with the intersections of sexual violence, racism and other forms of oppression. Anna is available to help support you as you work through the reading—to manage triggers, process emotions that arise, identify self-care strategies, and discuss available campus accommodations. You can contact the SARC through e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (719-227-8101) before you come to campus, and she will be available to meet in-person once you arrive.
- The Colorado College Chaplains, Alex Hernandez-Siegel and Kate Holbrook, offer confidential advising and counseling to students on campus. They work with people as they move through difficult experiences in their lives and can offer a safe confidential space to discuss difficult topics. In discussing the impacts of human interactions, the Chaplains help people explore and move toward things that they find empowering in their own lives. Within the context of The Round House, Alex and Kate can be a confidential resource to discuss reactions to the book, issue related to social justice, self-care strategies, and available campus accommodations. They can be reached at 719-389-6638, or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
- Counseling Center
- The Colorado College Counseling Center provides professional mental health services to students. The Counselors can be a resource to discuss reactions to the The Round House reading, self-care strategies, identifying mental health resources in your home community, planning for mental health care when you come to campus, and discuss available campus accommodations. They can be reached by email at CounselingCenter@coloradocollege.edu or by calling 719-389-6093.
- Gender & Identity Development Specialist
- Noble Gough is the Gender and Identity Development Specialist, as well as a confidential resource, at Colorado College which means any information shared with them is kept confidential. They support, advocate, and empower individual students and student organizations, and work to ensure access and equity for LGBTQIA+ students. Noble can be a resource to discuss reactions to the Common Read book, self-care strategies, and available campus accommodations. They can be reached by phone at (719) 389-6198 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student Title IX Assistance & Resource Team (START)
- START members are students trained to provide resources and information for fellow students regarding the Title IX process at CC. They also provide information about other resources available on and off campus for Title IX-related issues such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and other gender-based violence. They can be a resource for discussing reactions to the reading, and understanding other campus resources, and can be reached reached via email at START@coloradocollege.edu.
Campus & Colorado Springs Non-Confidential Resources
While only confidential resources can provide confidentiality, the resources listed below can provide general support and information to any student.
- The Butler Center
- Serves as the hub of diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity, and empowerment for the entire Colorado College community. Given the themes of violence, racism and Native American experience in The Round House, The Butler Center staff can be resources to discuss reactions to the book, issues related to social justice, as well as providing information about our ongoing campus work to promote equity and become an anti-racist campus.
- Wellness Resource Center
- Serves as the hub for prevention and health promotion work on campus. Within the context of holistic well-being and health education, the Wellness Resource Center focuses much of their energy in three primary focus areas: sexual violence prevention and response; substance use education and abuse prevention; and mental health promotion and suicide prevention. We recognize that these themes touch all CC students’ lives and strive to equip them with the tools to navigate challenges and participate in campus life in ways that are inclusive, trauma informed, and consent oriented. The WRC staff can be resources to discuss reactions to the book, self-care strategies, available campus accommodations, as well as share information about our ongoing work to prevent sexual assault, promote the adoption of trauma-informed practices across campus, with an holistic inclusive context.
Healing and Self-Care
The Round House deals with the themes of racism, colonization, and sexual assault used as a weapon against Native Americans. We understand that members of our community have been affected by these issues, both directly and indirectly, and struggle with the aftermath of trauma. In light of this we encourage you to take care of yourself as you read the book. Here are some tips for self-care while reading any triggering material:
- Ground yourself. Grounding is a form of self-care where you bring yourself into the present moment through physical and mental cues, often useful when feeling overwhelmed. For example, try holding an ice cube and focusing on the feeling of coldness on your skin. Many more grounding techniques can be found here.
- Take a break. Put down the book and do something else that you enjoy, like watching a funny show or going for a walk.
- Move around. Physical activity and exercise help you to manage the feelings of stress while also helping you to re-energize.
- Meditation or Yoga. For many meditation or yoga reduces stress and anxiety.
- Seek support. Seek out a trusted friend, or contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), the Colorado College on-campus advocate, for confidential support.
For more information about self-care, visit RAINN .
Remember that your mental-health and well-being are more important than finishing the reading. If you know that continuing reading would be harmful to you, stop reading the book.
Accessibility Resources partners with students, faculty, and staff to create a community that welcomes and encourages the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the College. Please contact Accessibility Resources if you are requesting disability-related accommodation support (e.g., an accessible format of text, such as audio) or would like to talk about your reactions to this text. Accessibility Resources can be reached at 719-227-8285 or via email at email@example.com.
Off-Campus Confidential Resources
- Haseya Advocate Program
- Haseya Advocate Program is a native-specific advocacy program working to address violence against Native women. Haseya's vision is that every American Indian/Alaska Native woman will be treated with respect, honored as a sacred being, and have a safe and peaceful life.
- TESSA offers confidential support and services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.