Below is a message sent to the George Mason University community, pertaining to the events in Ferguson, MO. It pushes the usual leftist buttons, including the current favorite, “safe place.
By now you have likely heard the result of the grand jury’s deliberations in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Many in the Mason community have been following this case closely and are likely experiencing a range of reactions to the case and the most recent news. Some students, faculty, and staff may want to talk with one another about these events. In fact, several staff and faculty members have been working together with students to provide a venue for such open conversation.
It is vitally important that we provide a safe space for conversation during times like this. As a result, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education will be hosting a facilitated community discussion, an “Open Space for Dialogue,” today from 1pm-3pm in the ODIME Multipurpose room (SUB I – Room 2400). This is an opportunity for those interested to gather together to connect with other members of the Mason community to discuss their reactions and support one another. I hope you will consider joining in this community event.
Each of us in the Mason community deals differently with events such as this. Dialogue may occur in classrooms student centers, and residence halls. Those looking for counseling and/or referrals, please note the appropriate resource. Students can call Counseling and Psychological Services at 993-2380 and speak to a counselor. Faculty or staff members can contact employee relations for assistance at 993-3878. (If you have health insurance through Mason, the Employee Assistance Program is part of your health care plan. For the 24/7 phone number to call, please visit http://hr.gmu.edu/emp_relations/resources.php )
Vice President for University Life