By Susanna Penfield
In just a matter of months, the coronavirus has changed billions of lives. In many ways, we as students have felt this most acutely. Rather than the routine paper publication this column usually appears in, you are now reading solely from an online platform. While doing so, you might be sitting at the kitchen table of your childhood home, in your parent’s post-retirement house, or on close friends’ couch someplace that is hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the Colorado College campus.
While it is unsettling to be uprooted in any capacity, for many, this time of social distancing is one characterized not only by boredom and anxiety, but by danger and fear. People who have survived, or are surviving, violence in their relationships and families may now be isolated within the very settings that heighten their exposure to this violence. Some survivors are amid healing and may find themselves back in unhealthy environments that inhibit continued healing and healthy coping habits. Those who may have felt safer in the context of their classroom or school are now left without a reliable escape. Those who may have turned to a professor or counselor for help are now unmoored. This lockdown may prevent the spread of a virus, but it returns many individuals to unsafe terrain and denies them the mobility to leave and seek external support.
However, despite our departure from settings that directly provide support, it is important to know that these resources still exist, and, due to the gravity of the situation, may now be more accessible than ever. Whether on a local, state, or national level, services and organizations across the country are intensifying the means through which they address need. This is happening right here at CC, where many campus resources remain active despite the distance. If you are struggling, or know of anyone who may be, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the following confidential resources:The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is available 24/7 for all students, faculty, and staff and can be reached at all times at email@example.com or 719-602-0960.
The Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team (START) is a peer resource available for students and will be holding virtual appointments which can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaplain Kate Holbrook is also a resource for care and support, and can be reached at 719-389-7986 or email@example.com.
The Counseling Center staff remain available to support students. Appointments already scheduled with counselors or the psychiatrist will be conducted via phone, and students can schedule appointments by calling 719-389-6093 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, the Wellness Resource Center has adapted their programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) to be accessed online. Re-center and reconnect by joining them for the following events:
Monday, April 6: Dating After Abuse Workshop: Build empowerment in relationships through self reflection and an understanding of the dynamics of trauma and abuse. Access this event throughout this link. 3-4:30 MST for survivors, 5-6:30 MST for Partners/Supporters
Every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. MST: Mindful Stress Management: Designed to build resiliency and skill-sets for working through stress. Join the session through this WebEx. Meeting number (access code): 802 946 057 Meeting password: MBtx693U3MM
Tuesday, April 14th, 4:30-5:30 p.m. MST: Grief Support Group: An opportunity to be in a compassionate with community and conversation as we reflect about grief. Facilitated by Chaplain Kate Holbrook and Director of the Wellness Resource Center Heather Horton on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each block. Join through webex: