We are all following news of the deterioration of diplomatic relations between Canada and India, and the tensions are understandably causing anxiety and pressure for members of the SLC community. This is an evolving situation, and to ensure folks know how to help anyone who needs it, I wanted to remind everyone about resources and support that are available. Let's ensure we help take care of each other – whether you have direct ties to the situation or not - we can be supportive and remember our values in all that we do.
If you are a student, or if you are helping a student, there are options for support available that can help you process feelings of anxiety, fear, or anger, and you can access information and connect with resources via the links below. It is okay to need help, and it is commendable to reach out for it.
Resources for students:
keep.meSAFE app www.keepmesafe.org. (specifically for international students)
We Connect (for domestic students) or call 1.888.377.0002
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: The confidential, 24/7 services available via the SLC Employee Family Assistance plan are available to all SLC employees – faculty, staff, and administrators. I encourage folks to access this service if you, yourself could use support, and I will remind employees that this is free of charge.
As a college, and as a community, in good times we celebrate together, and in times of unrest and uncertainty, we support each other. In these early days of an evolving situation, I will remind folks of our commitment to put students first, to practice kindness and empathy, and to ensure our value of belonging is evident in what we do and decisions we make. I will close by thanking the teams working in student success, student services, and wellness, and our faculty who all see firsthand, every day how global events impact our students and their academic journeys. I am grateful for the teamwork on display at SLC, and for us all committing to take care and remember our values.