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Student and Community Counseling Center

Support. Growth. Solutions.

Violence in Charlottesville

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.

It is with great concern and anguish that we witness the violence in Charlottesville.  Last year around this time, we noted the tragedies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas.  At that time, as now, we first want to acknowledge the pain and devastation caused by these tragedies to the victims and families of this senseless violence.  

We are a counseling service and address the impact of negative experiences in individual’s psychological lives.  This is our job and avocation…but we are also part of this nation; a nation founded on the principles and ideals of equality, freedom and justice.  We condemn without equivocation, acts of racial violence, bigotry and the harm that this does to the individuals, families, and communities targeted. 

With the fall semester upon us, we welcome students returning or coming here for the first time.  We reiterate the university’s value and commitment to creating an environment where different perspectives are encouraged; and where we respect and value each other’s experiences.  Disagreement is inevitable…but hate and violence have no place.

When events such as those that occurred in Charlottesville happen, it can negatively impact those not directly involved; those who witness, and/or who themselves have experienced trauma.  A person’s sense of safety can be negatively impacted, and lead to a myriad of emotions.  For members of some communities, this type of trauma has deep, historical and contemporary underpinnings.   The impact of violence and oppression can be immediate for some, and more remote for others.  For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  Often, seeking support from friends and loved ones can be important in helping one navigate the reactions to violence.  Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through these reactions.  

We would like to reaffirm our role as being a supportive resource to the CU Denver community.  If you have questions and/or wish to speak to a counselor, you can do so by calling the Student and Community Counseling Center (303/315-7270).  Other resources on campus include:


Campus Assessment, Response, & Evaluation Team (CARE)

Tivoli Student Union

Suite 227     


CARE Team addresses the health and safety needs of students as well as the campus community.


Center for Identity and Inclusion

Student Commons

Suite 2007


Offer support and resources for all students, faculty and staff, with particular focus on Latinx, Asian American, American Indian, Black and multiracial students.


LGBTQ Student Resource Center 

Tivoli Student Union

Suite 213


Provides a safe space for all in our community to explore and increase their understanding of issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.


Office of Case Management

Tivoli Student Union

Suite 227     


The Office of Case Management serves the needs of the campus community and struggling students.  Case management services include but are not limited to; providing intervention, advocacy, resources and referrals as well as follow-up services for students who are experiencing significant difficulties.

CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center

Tivoli Student Union

Suite 454     


Counseling services are free and confidential for CU Denver students. To schedule an appointment you may call the Center or drop in. ​


Information given to a therapist is, by law, strictly confidential.

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