From the Desk of the Vice President

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2022.

A Message from Vice President For Student Life Brian Hamluk

May 15, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to you today in response to the tragic and deeply disturbing events that occurred yesterday at Tops Markets in the city of Buffalo. While I’m certain we will find out more information regarding this horrific, racially-motived crime in the weeks to come, I want to reiterate the message from President Tripathi, which was issued last night.

There are a number of resources available to both students, employees, and our campus community to help process the trauma, grief, pain, and fear that we all may be feeling.

For Students:

As outlined in the President’s message, our staff in Counseling Services is available to help students process yesterday’s tragic event. In addition, the Intercultural and Diversity Center offers a safe space for students in need of support.

For Employees and Campus Community:

University resources for employees and their families include UB’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides confidential consultations, 1-on-1 meetings, and referrals to specialists. 

There are numerous resources also available through Erie County and partner agencies. If you are in need of immediate help or community resources, call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. There are multiple opportunities to support the community and we encourage you to do so in a way that is meaningful to you.

Please know that our leadership team cares for you and stands with you. Our Director of Human Resources and Unit Diversity Officer, Kesha Foster will have the following open hours this week in the Intercultural Diversity Center (240 Student Union) to provide additional care and support:  

  • Monday 5/16: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 5/17:  9 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday 5/18: 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Kesha can also schedule individual appointments if someone would like support on a different day or time. 

In closing, as we grieve together, it’s important that we continue to support our students and staff at this crucial moment. As a team, let’s work together to continue to provide the best possible care and support during the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Brian F. Hamluk

Vice President for Student Life

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