Dear CMC Students, Staff, and Faculty:
Over the course of this month, there have been at least 5 suicides, nationally, of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer. As members of our community hear stories, see images and read accounts of these suicides, it can trigger many emotions and thoughts. As you walk through the rest of this week and next, keep your ears open and your eyes sensitive to the subtle cues that may help identify a student, friend, peer, partner, or any one close to you in the community that may be in distress.
There is a Dean on call 24 hours a day and a Resident Assistant on call 7 days a week between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Both can be accessed by calling Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000 and asking to speak to the on-call Dean or Resident Assistant. If you need to talk to a professional counselor please contact the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) Center . The MCAPS on-call therapist can be accessed by calling Campus Safety at any time. Another great resource is The Trevor Project which operates a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
The QRC is taking part in the “It Gets Better” project. This is a video project that targets LGBTQ youth, reassuring them that it gets better. Videos will be uploaded to the QRC You Tube page and to the “It Gets Better” site. If you want to record a video please stop by and see the QRC Program Coordinator/Graduate Assistant, Marina Wood, (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 1-6:00 p.m.) or if you want to record your video yourself, send it to Marina and she can upload it for you.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends who have lost someone to homophobic or transphobic harassment and bullying. Working together, we can create campus environments safe for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Adriana di BartoloCoordinator, Queer Resource Center
Mary J. SpellmanDean of Students