Commitment to Diversity
Northern Arizona University sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.
We grieve in response to the tragic events in which Black and African-American communities and others have lost their lives in and/or been impacted by racially biased encounters. We recognize that continual exposure to these events through social media, while importantly raising awareness, can also re-traumatize and trigger members of vulnerable communities. We recognize that reactions to these losses as well as reactions from those who have witnessed, observed, and/or experienced acts of racism can vary. It is normal and understandable to have any of a variety of emotional responses to these events, including but not limited to: fear, outrage, a sense of helplessness, and a lack of personal safety. It is also normal to have a strong desire for increased unity or solidarity, empathy, and a heightened motivation to pursue social justice. As information on these tragic events continues to unfold, we encourage those that are struggling to seek safe supportive spaces to process their feelings and experiences. We want you to know that we are available as a resource for you, and we are dedicated to helping foster a climate that is safe and affirming for all students on campus and within the community.
To learn more about our commitment to diversity, please see our Diversity Statement.
We are here for NAU students being impacted directly or indirectly by these events. In-person and telehealth appointments are available during business hours (928) 523-2261, and Jacks Care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (866) 656-9983
Mental Health Providers for Students of Color
For other mental health resources please visit our General Resources page