Coronavirus: Message of support to students

A message from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

With the recent news about the spread of a new coronavirus, we are concerned about the impact on many in our community at Cal.  We are hearing about incidents in which the virus is referred to as the “Chinese” virus and those who appear to be of Asian descent are being stigmatized, receiving racist and/or xenophobic jokes and remarks, and excluded by those fearful of contracting the virus.  Many of our international students and domestic students with loved ones abroad are concerned about family at home as well as the ability to return home due to travel bans.  These developments are causing harm to many on our campus and add to the stress already present in this highly competitive academic environment.

All of us at CAPS wanted to reach out to express our concern and to encourage you to reach out for support.  We are here for you and anyone in your community who is struggling with or being the target of microaggressions and bias on campus.  If you would like confidential support, please contact our counselors at (510) 642-9494.  We would also gladly lead conversations or facilitate discussions for those who want to talk during this difficult time.  Please call us at (510) 642-9494 if you would like a counselor to come out to meet with your community.