“We at the NMSU Counseling Center believe in the inherent value, potential, and dignity of every person. We treat everyone with respect and civility. We do not condone or tolerate discrimination, harassment, or violence against anyone, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, sex, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, medical condition, sexual orientation, relationship affiliation, or veteran status. We strive to create a supportive and safe climate to engage in active self-exploration and discussion on cultural identities, privileges, assumptions, biases, and prejudices. Through these conversations, we hope to encourage growth and connection on a human level. We aim to be strong advocates for social justice challenging oppressive forces, ideologies and systems within our center, campus, local communities, state, country, and around the globe.”
In Response to the Immigration Executive Order & Questions Regarding Undocumented/DACA Students:
During this time, the Counseling Center wants to acknowledge that recent events involving immigration laws may have an immediate and considerable effect on our students, staff, and faculty. We are a diverse campus, welcoming not only students from all over the United States, but over 1,000 international students from all over the globe.
Reactions by individuals and groups may include anger, sadness, outrage, shock, disbelief, denial, confusion, anxiety, fear, numbness, grief, and many other experiences. These current events bring to light a number of emotionally challenging topics, such as systemic oppression, xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, violence, protests/demonstrations, religious discrimination, advocacy and social justice, just to name a few. We are concerned that this Immigration and Executive Order could spark a backlash against anyone perceived as being Muslim, which would be additionally abhorrent.
We encourage self-reflection to examine your personal feelings in regards to these events, to your cultural identities, and their intersectionality, to issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Rather than this be a divisive time, this can be a time for understanding, dialogue, empathy, acknowledgment and community-building. As an office, we are available as a resource to assist in processing your feelings, experience and/or identities. For other possible campus resources or more information on our services and self-care strategies, please see the information available on our website.
For our international student community who have concerns regarding how the recent presidential executive order may impact you, please refer to the following resources:
Information from the International Student Support Services
Students who have DACA status or who are undocumented may refer to the Chicano program website for advocacy resources & information about your rights
If you believe you may be a victim of a hate crime, please contact the
- NMSU police 575-646-3311 and the following: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate
Crisis Resources are also available 24/7 through the NM Crisis and Access Line
- 1-855-662-7474 (Call) 741-741 (Text Line)