WVU offers support to students, faculty and staff in wake of Orlando tragedy

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June 13, 2016 by Mountaineer ENEWS

Morgantown, W.Va — In response to the tragedy in Orlando on Sunday, West Virginia University students, staff and faculty are reminded of the many counseling options available through the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services as well as the WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance program.

“During a time when we join our LGBTQ students, faculty and staff and celebrate our pride, we are also grieving the loss of many individuals who lost their lives or were injured during the tragedy at Pulse, an LGBTQ+ club in Orlando in the morning hours of Sunday, June 12,” said T. Anne Hawkins, interim director of the WVU LGBTQ+ Center. “We are keeping the victims, their families, and communities in our thoughts.”

“We, too, stand with them,” said Jorge Castillo, coordinator of the LGBTQ+ Center. “Any attack on the LGBTQ+ community is an attack on all of us. This attack is a reminder that we must continue advocating for and supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Hawkins, who is also clinical director of the Carruth Center, said, “This senseless violence can be distressing to those who are directly and vicariously affected, including those in the Islamic community who may also worry for their own safety. For some, experiencing these feelings and thoughts can disrupt their lives. The WELLWVU Carruth Center is available to provide support to students impacted by this tragedy.”

She said appointments could be made by calling 304.293.4431, or visiting during Drop-In hours Monday – Friday, 8:15 am- 4:45 pm. Support is available around the clock.

Staff and faculty members who are also affected may contact the WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 304.293.5590.

Support resources and additional information is also available at the LGBTQ+ Center by calling 304.293.9593 or emailing LGBTQ@mail.wvu.edu.