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As details about tragedies unfold, it is normal to have a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. If you have experienced past traumas, including deaths, losses, violence, or other assaults, you may be experiencing memories and feelings from those events and have increased symptoms now. When traumas are very public, they may affect even those who have not directly experienced the crisis.

Learn more about coping with trauma, grief, loss, or tragic news (PDF).


The campus has numerous resources available for all members of our community (including students, staff, and faculty) to explore, including:

Counseling & Support:

Getting help is a sign of strength and resiliency! Visit the Office of the Dean of Student’s web page dedicated to supporting well-being to learn how we are in this together.

For students:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a variety of mental health resources available to all students for emotional support. Students can also reach out to CAPS by calling (510) 642-9494.

For faculty/staff:

Additional Services:

  • PATH to Care Center
    • 510.642.1988
    • Confidential support for those that have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, emotional abuse, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation.
  • Center for Support and Intervention
    • 510.664.4218
    • Addresses prevention and intervention for harm and violence on campus, and provides support to students experiencing or causing distress in the campus community. Our Violence and Harm Prevention work provides direct training to students and staff on bystander intervention strategies.
  • Student Legal Services
    • 510.642.3916
    • Advises students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations.
  • Community Legal & Related Resources
  • Gender Equity Resource Center
    • 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center
    • 510.643.5727
    • GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality. Programs and services are focused on four key areas: Women; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+); Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence; and Men.
  • Chicanx Latinx Student Development (CLSD)
    • 245 Cesar E. Chavez Center
    • 510.642.1802
    • The CLSD office is student, staff and community supported space. The office is the place where students (undergrads/graduates), staff, faculty, alumni can come with any questions, concerns and/or ideas. CLSD can help answer, connect, navigate and use networks within and outside various communities to advocate for all Chicanx Latinx students across campus.
  • Ombudsperson for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees
    • 510.642.5754
    • Helps students explore options in a confidential, neutral, independent and informal environment and provides clarification on policy and procedures.
  • Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination
    • 510.643.7985 |
    • The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment for faculty, staff, and students that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color, national origin, gender, age, and sexual orientation/identity.

Law Enforcement:

For emergencies, dial 911