In response to recent actions of racism that have been coming to the surface on campus, and in recognition that such unacceptable behavior is not isolated to this instance or this campus, CAPS would like to re-iterate our pledge of support to our students and the campus community.
CAPS Pledge of Support
When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, CAPS’ staff wants to acknowledge the impact of these events on the students we serve. As believers in every human being’s potential for healing and growth, we hold firm to the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity and social justice. We believe in empowering all people – including those who are marginalized and oppressed – to act together to challenge injustice, to condemn discrimination, and to promote a common humanity of equitable treatment and social cooperation.
We seek to foster a community that is safe for all students. Just as reactions to controversial events vary across campus, they also vary among the CAPS staff. We are each uniquely affected and respond with an array of complex emotions and viewpoints. At the same time, we strive to understand and respect perspectives that may be different from our own. Therefore, we join voices in making this pledge to all Duke students: your perspectives, values, and experiences will be welcome at CAPS, you will be safe, you will be respected, and you will be heard.
We want to remind you that you are not alone and that there are a variety of services available to support you through arduous times. We applaud the tireless efforts of campus organizations, student groups, and committed individuals who provide spaces for discussion of all forms of inequality at our university and in our world. We invite students to access these many resources. We also invite you to reach out to CAPS as needed for emergency walk-in appointments, individual or group counseling, or tailored outreach programs by request. We can be reached by phone at 919-660-1000. To learn more about us, please visit http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/caps/about-us.