Statement of Support for Our Students & Commitment to Anti-Racism

The Student Counseling Center stands in solidarity with our Black and African-American community and with the AAPI community who continue to face ongoing racialized violence, oppression and inequitable treatment that has heightened during the ongoing pandemic.

With concerns about COVID-19, there has been an increase in incidents of xenophobia, microaggression and racism toward Chinese and individuals of Asian descent worldwide. The murders of Black Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Stephon Clark and many others, have further exposed long-standing systemic and institutional racism and oppression in our country.

We stand against discrimination and violence in all forms.

As mental health providers, we understand the impact and overwhelming stress and trauma of oppression, and the toll it can take on the mental and physical health of our students, staff and faculty. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing racial violence and injustice, you may experience a range of feelings and symptoms. We are encouraging students to contact us by email if they would like support with coping and healing related to these issues. Staff and faculty are eligible for the free and confidential Employee Assistance Program.

We care about you, we stand with you and we are here for all of you. You matter.

A message from Dr. Richard Benson, President of UT Dallas

Statement from Dr. Gene Fitch, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs

Statement from the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

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Resources for Responding to Social Justice Concerns

UT Dallas Counseling Center After-Hours Hotline: 972‑UTD‑TALK (972-883-8255)

UT Dallas Community Resources