Tuesday, Mar 8, 2022
A letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Fenneberg
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Last week, the President sent a message to our community addressing the atrocities associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, calling for us to care for ourselves and each other during this trying time. That message included outlets to support humanitarian aid to Ukrainian people.
In addition to what you may be called to do to help others, we hope that you are centering care for yourselves. Realizing that self-care takes many forms, and may be experienced with a combination of individual and community acts, we are following up with a couple of additional resources for you.
Solidarity with Ukraine
Thursday, March 10, at Rider will be a campus day of solidarity with Ukraine. We will raise a Ukranian flag in front of the Bart Luedeke Center and we encourage all members of our community to consider wearing blue and gold (the colors of the Ukrainian flag). You are invited to join us for a campus vigil on Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the Kaplan Plaza (Rain location: Lynch Adler 202). The vigil will provide a time and space for prayer and reflection in community with one another.
Counseling support for students
We realize the impact of this conflict on us as humans, and that you may be experiencing signs of distress, including depression, anxiety, traumatic symptoms, fear, grief and loss, and even discord within relationships. These feelings and experiences can last for a short period or have long-lasting effects on mental health and can make functioning difficult.
The Rider Counseling Center is here to support students through this difficult time. You may visit Zoerner house, connect via email at [email protected] or call at 609-896-5157. The Counseling team is available for virtual or in-person individual sessions and safe support spaces.
While we all amass our hope for the future of Ukraine and its people, and all who are impacted by this tragedy, please take care of yourselves and support one another.