Dear Members of UVA’s International Student Community,
This is a difficult week for all of us at the University of Virginia, but being far from home and in an unfamiliar culture can bring additional challenges. We know you have received multiple messages regarding support services, resources, and events intended to help you process the tragic incident of Nov. 13th and navigate the days ahead. Below you will find a list of those various services, resources, and events, which we hope may be helpful.
Please remember to keep in touch with family and friends, reach out to faculty as needed, and take advantage of University services, resources, and events.
As always, please let us know if we can assist you.
Ways to Seek Guidance, Comfort and Counsel – A Resource List
Office of Student Affairs
- The Office of Student Affairs has set up a resource page with a list of gathering spaces where students can be together in fellowship and support, counseling options for University community members, and religious/spiritual organizations.
- Student Safety & Support
Student Health and Wellness and CAPS (Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing)
- UVA Student Health and Wellness has a resource page of support for students and will continue offering no-appointment, drop-in counseling at its Family and Community Assistance Center, at the IM-Rec Fitness Center at 505 Edgemont Road.
- Students may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 434-243-5150, 24 hours a day. Students can also access free 24-hour TimelyCare mental health telehealth program to speak with a counselor by video or phone.
President Ryan Drop-In at Carr’s Hill
- University President Jim Ryan and Katie Ryan are inviting students to come together in their home on Carr’s Hill between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day this week.
- VISAS (Volunteers with International Students and Scholars) Café invites students to a meditation activity led by Kyungha Lee as well as conversation surrounding the theme: Coming Home to Ourselves and Creating Home Together. Comfort food will be provided. Wednesday, November 16th from 5-6 PM in the Language Commons (NCH 298)
- Contemplative Sciences Center
Please join us for a special daily virtual Meditation on the Lawn session from 12:00-12:15pm this week to gather as a global community to create a contemplative space for healing and reflection. Wednesday - Friday, November 16, 17 & 18
- The University is planning a community-wide event honoring the lives of the slain students and details will be forthcoming.
- The East Asia Center is extending an open invitation to any who would like to join this Thursday afternoon, November 17, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall’s conference room 162. They’ll have coffee and some light refreshments on hand as well and you are welcome to come and sit, share, or just be present.
- Over Thanksgiving break, on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 26, there will be an opportunity for students to get together at the Lorna Sundberg International Center from 1-5PM supported by UVA Student Council. Students can also see the website and monthly newsletter from ISO’s Lorna Sundberg International Center for activities.
- Thanksgiving Grocery Access
Staying in Charlottesville over Thanksgiving break and worried about food access? The Student Life agency’s Thanksgiving Break Meal Kit Program is here. Get a week's worth of food at NO COST. Fill out this form if this is something you’re interested in. Reach out to email@example.com with any additional questions.
- Donuts, Community & Support 11/16, 10AM-8PM
Honor Committee representatives will be handing out donuts on South Lawn beginning at 10 am. We will also have information about our academic assistance program, which can help students navigate academic accommodations and extensions during this time.