Social Injustice & Our Mizzou Community
Recent national events spotlighting long-standing social injustice have been impacting many of us at Mizzou, including incidents of hate that have occurred on our campus. Expressions of hate and threats of violence are unacceptable, and we want to reach out to our campus community to show our support and offer assistance as needed.
You may be experiencing a wide range of emotional reactions to legal decisions, media coverage, classroom discussions and campus events. Common reactions include feelings of anger, fear, disillusionment, frustration, disappointment and a desire for change.
As you engage in discussions with friends or family, peers and faculty, or others from your communities, you have likely encountered people who have very different reactions than your own. Sometimes these differences may be hurtful or scary, adding to the intensity of the emotions you are already feeling. Additionally, exposure to news coverage or being on social media can also amplify your experience. It can help to monitor whether this activity is having a positive or negative effect on you and consider limiting your exposure if it is making you feel worse.
Emotional stress can add to the physical and mental strain associated with college. Please take care of yourself and know that we are here to support you.
You may find it really difficult to ask for help or may not want to involve outsiders with these kinds of difficulties. Please know it shows strength to ask for help and many of the resources around you are very willing to provide you with support.
- MU Counseling Center is available during regular business hours to support students who are impacted by racism & prejudice, engaged in activism, or feeling overwhelmed by issues on campus. After hours we are available for phone support. Our staff can provide you with a confidential space to share your experiences and reactions and to receive support. Please contact our office at 573-882-6601. If you need help finding mental health support at home during breaks, we are happy to help with referrals.
- Find ways to not be alone – reach out to friends, student groups, or other colleagues on campus. Even if you don’t want to talk, it can be helpful being around others. Many MU resource centers offer safe spaces for students to gather including the Black Culture Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and the Multicultural Center.
- Many faith-based communities also provide support. If you would like information about Columbia-based groups, please find additional information here: http://diversity.missouri.edu/get-involved/religion/orgs.php.
- The radical work of change can be overwhelming. It’s important to take care of yourself so you can be your most effective self. http://www.artreachtoronto.ca/toolkits/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Self-Care-Toolkit.pdf
- Finally, if you have witnessed or experienced an act committed against any person, group, or property which you believe discriminates, stereotypes, harasses, or excludes anyone based on some part of their identity, please use this online form to report the incident to the MU Equity Office.