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For Those Impacted By the Invasion of Ukraine or Ongoing Conflict in Ethiopia

Dear CCA Students, Faculty, Instructors & Staff -
 
Over the past 72 hours, we have witnessed the attack and invasion on Ukraine. This unprovoked, act of war is something that we have not witnessed in over 80 years.  The impact on the people of Ukraine is one of risk, hiding, fear and for some a fight for freedom. 
 
Additionally, for more than a year, the county of Ethiopia has also experienced conflict and turmoil resulting in thousands dead, millions pushed from their homes, and areas of the country experiencing horrific famine.  On February 16th, Amnesty International published a report outlining continued instances of violence and harm against many of its citizens, particularly in the Amhara region.
 
As educated and engaged individuals, it is critical that we are aware of and understand world affairs and their widespread impact across the globe. As humans and individuals that are part of a broader CCA community, we must also recognize that our colleagues, and students may be hurt by tragedy and/or need support. It is important we stand in solidarity with our employees, our current and former students and community members who come from countries and/or who have family members in countries currently at war or in conflict.
 
For those in our CCA community experiencing feelings of despair or who have been impacted by the invasion of the Ukraine or the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia, the following resources or services are in place to provide you with assistance:

  • Students can contact CCA Mental Health & Counseling to set up an appointment with our therapist, Ersin Sulukioglu at Ersin.Sulukioglu@ccaurora.edu. CCA students receive 10 free therapy sessions each academic year.
  • Staff and faculty may take advantage of Colorado State Employee Assistance Program or CSEAP benefits through https://cseap.colorado.gov/contact-us
  • If you are experiencing a Mental Health Crisis or are in need of referral services immediately, please call the Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 1-844-493-8255 or text: “TALK” to 38255 or Chat: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/
  • Contact the Aurora Mental Health Center: 303.617.2300

Now more than ever, it is the time for all of us to come together. Please pay close attention to one another, as we can be a source of strength to each other in times of fear and loss.
 
Thank you.

Mordecai Ian Brownlee, Ed.D.
Pronouns: he/him/his
President, Community College of Aurora

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