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Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

Mutual Respect and Resources

October 17 , 2010

To: UVM Community
From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President
Wanda Heading-Grant, Chief Diversity Officer

Re: Mutual Respect and Resources

In recent days and weeks our attention and our thoughts have been drawn to the tragic death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, a bright and talented first-year student who took his life after his privacy was cruelly violated. Tyler was a gay man, and we have since become aware of the deaths of a number of other young people across the country who suffered cruel and humiliating actions from others as a result of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a sad reality in our world that some of us routinely suffer at the hands of those who are bigoted and misguided.

We write today with this painful truth firmly in mind. At the same time, we hold a genuine sense of pride in our own learning community, which constantly aspires to be a just place and which, in the words of Our Common Ground, rejects “bigotry, oppression, degradation, and harassment, and challenges injustice toward any member of our community.” We wish to reaffirm our commitment to these values and to remind you that this University is one that values each and every one of its members. We will not accept behavior that assaults our core values, and we ask that you join with us in being active and vigilant against discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

We cannot reflect upon tragedies like Tyler Clementi’s without considering our individual and collective well-being. The inherent and often difficult challenges that life presents can at times be daunting. As we enter the middle weeks of the semester, we want to encourage you to consider how best to take care of yourself. There are many different places to connect on our campus. Our Student Government Association (SGA) supports many organizations, including Active Minds and Free 2 Be, that can provide student peer support. There are also other support services available, and we have listed many of them at the end of this memo.

Whether you are a student, staff member or faculty member, if you find yourself having difficulty, please know that you are not alone. Please take care of yourself by talking with others—trusted friends, a member of the faculty or staff, or any of the excellent resources noted below. The University of Vermont is a caring community. It is important to be aware of those who may be struggling so that support can be provided. If you become aware of someone who is depressed or having a difficult time, please reach out to that person and offer support. The resources catalogued below are available to provide advice, support, and assistance.

Again, we feel a sincere sense of pride and gratitude for being part, with you, of our extraordinary University. Our commitment to embrace our differences and our ability to manifest care and support for our individual and collective well-being are essential for us to be a truly healthy learning community. Finally, we want to thank those involved in our many support resources for all you do to create a nurturing, safe, inclusive environment at UVM.

Important Resources

On-line Report Forms

C.A.R.E. Report
(On-line form for reporting any concerning and/or risky event to a team of multi-disciplinary professionals representing various campus services and offices)

Gender Violence Report Form:
(On-line form for reporting incidents of sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking to the campus Victim’s Advocate)

Crime Report Form
(On-line form for reporting suspicious or potential criminal act)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning members and Allies Campus and Community Resources
Confidential Campus Resources for Students and Employees
Student Support Services
LGBTQA Center

Provides support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning members and Allies of the UVM community.
Employee Assistance Program

Provides support for faculty and staff affiliated with the University through Human Resources.
ALANA Student Center

Provides support for the holistic development of African, Latino (a), Asian, and Native American and Bi/Multiracial students.
The Trevor Project

Leading national organization for crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. lifeline 866 4-U-TREVOR.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services

Provides free counseling sessions for full-time UVM students that are confidential.
Women’s Center

Provides support services, referrals, advocacy, training & education regarding issues of gender-based and sexual violence.
Outright Vermont

Builds safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (ages 13-22).
Personal Safety Response Team

Provides information regarding support and resources for preventing and responding to workplace violence or threats.
ACCESS

Provides accommodation, consultation, collaboration and educational support services for students with disabilities.
R.U. 1.2.? Community Center

Celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Vermonters.
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

Protects against bias, unfairness and other improper treatment by serving as a neutral, impartial dispute resolution resource by providing independent confidential, informal and formal assistance in the resolution of concerns and critical situations to all levels of the administration, staff, faculty and students.
Office of International Education

Provides resources, consultation, and support for international students, and students, faculty, and staff who travel abroad through UVM affiliated programs.
    Student and Community Relations (off-campus students)

Provides resources and education to students living off campus and work with students, neighbors, and city partners to improve the quality of life in the local community.
    Dean of Students’ Office

Provides general support for students and referral to appropriate campus resources.
    Residential Life
(on-campus students)

Provides resources and education to students living on campus.

 

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