Many news outlets are reporting organized protests and counter protests being planned for communities across Ontario today. I wanted to inform SLC students and employees of potential travel delays to campus caused by traffic and/or protest activities and address the fact that the nature of the protests do not align with our college values. While we currently don’t expect any impact to campus operations, we will share an update if anything changes.
I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our values, commitments, and strengths as a college community and reiterate that St. Lawrence College is a place where everyone belongs and is entitled to learn, work, and be treated with respect. We value the right of individuals to freedom of expression, and hope that folks can respect people’s right to peaceful protest.
That being said, the subject of this protest, and planned counter protests, may be upsetting or triggering to some people from marginalized groups, and their allies, who have experienced discrimination and/or harassment. Because of this, I want to remind everyone of the support available to our students and employees.
Resources for students:
- keep.meSAFE app www.keepmesafe.org.
- Wellness and Accessibility supports including personal counselling and academic accommodations
- Spiritual Care support for students, regardless of denomination, faith tradition, or spiritual conviction
- International Student Advisors are on each SLC campus for resources and support
Resources for employees:
All employees can access the Employee Family Assistance plan, confidentially, 24/7. Counsellors are available, and folks can call to connect with services and support.
I appreciate the people who have reached out, related to the news of these protests, to convey their concerns. When we speak up, we show strength and affirm our commitment to being a college where everyone belongs. Help is available for folks at any time, not just today, if you could use support or have any questions. Thank you and please take care.