Dear students, staff and faculty,
The smoke in the air here in Berkeley offers a hint of the tragedy unfolding just north of us. As you know, wildfires continue to burn, and the destruction has been extensive, affecting many on this campus. Friends and family members have been displaced, schools and colleges are closed, and homes and businesses have been lost.
I am writing to encourage our instructors and our managers and supervisors to be flexible with students and staff who are facing challenges related to the fires.
I also encourage all members of the community to review information compiled by the Tang Center related to air quality and smoke inhalation.
Here are other resources that students affected by the fires may find helpful:
- General support: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the well-being resources section of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students’ website for information about holistic wellness resources across campus.
- Mental health support: Campus counselors at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns. Visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website, call CPS at (510) 642-9494, or, when the Tang Center is closed, call the after-hours counseling line at (855) 817-5667.
- Financial support: Should you need a short-term emergency loan, you can learn more about emergency loans on the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office web site. If you need assistance, please contact Cal Student Central.
- Legal support: Student Legal Services advises undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students on all manner of legal questions, rights, and obligations. For information, visit the Student Legal Services website or call (510) 642-3916.
Staff and faculty may always contact our Employee Assistance Program if they are in need of support.
In keeping with the Berkeley spirit, I am aware of informal networks of people offering space in their homes for those displaced by the fires. Here is a list of ways to help if you are able.
Thank you for reading, and take care,