A reminder from Dr. TaJuan Wilson about support services available for GS students, faculty and staff

The following letter was emailed to Georgia Southern students, faculty, and staff from Dr. Tajuan Wilson.

Dear Georgia Southern University Community,
Whether the reason is work stress, current events, personal struggles or the quarantine, we would like to remind everyone that help is available to Georgia Southern students and employees. 
Many in our university community have come forward to say they are troubled by the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, the African American jogger who was killed while unarmed in February in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia.
While the case is under investigation by local and state agencies and details have not been fully ascertained, we understand how our learning community can be genuinely affected and concerned by events that appear contrary to our value of respecting the diversity of all people. We acknowledge the trauma that accompanies shooting deaths and understand the multiplied complexity when racism is the suspected culprit.
As such, Georgia Southern University is committed to extending support to our students, faculty, and staff. We encourage you to engage with our dedicated professionals by utilizing the many on-campus resources available to you that are detailed below as a member of the Georgia Southern University family. Furthermore, I am personally available to provide support to any member of our learning community who needs space to process their thoughts and feelings safely.

You can always reach out to me via the Office of Inclusive Excellence at 912-478-5018 or by email at tajuanwilson@georgiasouthern.edu. I am available on the Statesboro, Armstrong, and Liberty campuses.

Additionally, here are some other resources available to faculty, staff and students:

The Counseling Center (students)
Statesboro Location
Forest Drive
Phone: 912-478-5541

Armstrong Location
7000 Compass Point Annex
Phone: 912-344-2529

The Psychology Clinic (students)
Clinic Website: https://cbss.georgiasouthern.edu/psychology-clinic/
For appointments: 912-478-1685

The Dean of Student Office (students)
Statesboro Campus
Phone: (912) 478-3326

Armstrong & Liberty campuses
Phone: (912) 344-2514

Employee Assistance Program (employees)
USG has partnered with KEPRO to provide employees and their family members with a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Full-time and part-time employees, family, and household members have access to the program. Services are free and confidential, within the bounds of the law. See https://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/2020_benefits/eap, contact KEPRO at 1-844-243-4440 or go to www.eaphelplink.com and use the company code USGcares.

Additionally, the College of Education, which houses the master’s of counselor education program, has graduate students willing to help the GS family connect and cope with current work and non-work-related tensions. Any student in the Georgia Southern community who would like to receive services,
please complete the following forms:  (1) Participant Intake Form and (2) Participant Informed Consent Faculty and staff can contact Dr. Wells via email to set up a consultation by emailing her (pwells@georgiasouthern.edu) with the word “Consultation” in the subject line.  

Dr. TaJuan R. Wilson
Associate Vice President, Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer

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