October 3, 2022
The Faculty of Education stands with the people of Iran whose demonstrations in response to the tragic death of Mahsa Amini are being met with violence and repression. Peaceful protest is one of the hallmarks of a thriving society in which all human rights are valued.
We recognize that many of our students, staff and faculty have collegial and familial ties with people and communities in Iran. In many cases, because of restrictions on the flow of news and information, it may not be possible to ascertain whether loved ones living in Iran remain safe. We support the members of our community who are experiencing trauma and distress as a result.
The Faculty of Education reminds our student community that supports and assistance are available, including crisis, grief and trauma counselling.
There are also mental health resources available for staff and faculty, including UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan and the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which provides confidential professional and emergency counselling services and additional support via phone, video, web or mobile app. More.