Statement on recent tragedies

Johnson Center sunset


For many in our community, the last month has been particularly troubling as our nation and world have weathered horrific tragedies, most recently with Friday’s release of the video showing the murder of Tyre Nichols. It followed massacres in Monterrey Park and Half Moon Bay, California, which themselves occurred amid a backdrop of thousands of American deaths in January by gun violence, and a constant stream of violence and death from wars and ethnic strife around the world.

Each drumbeat of such violence strikes all-too-familiar and deeply personal chords of pain in the communities of victims who are involved. Collectively, they take a toll on us all. 

As we continue to process, reflect, and respond to recent events, I want you to remember the many resources at Mason available to support your mental health and well-being. Resources are listed below along with accompanying links. They exist for you, so please use them if they can be of help.


For Students:

Counseling and Psychological Center (CAPS) – in-person or virtual counseling appointments

Within CAPS, specific resources include

The Steve Fund  – dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

TimelyCare at Mason  provides virtual mental health for students 24/7.

You may download the app for easier access.

Anti-Racism and self-help resources 


Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment 

Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Student Support and Advocacy Center 


For Faculty and Staff:

Center for Psychological Services (CPS) Emotional Support Line

Employee Assistance Program 

For those who are available and able, many of us will come together in community today (Monday) at 5 p.m. for the annual MLK Evening of Reflection: Lighting the Pathway. The event, hosted by the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, includes panelists Aniyah Vines, Breya Johnson, Mark Hopson, and Samaria Rice. Register to attend here.

Take good care of yourselves and each other.



Gregory Washington


Posted in Official University Communications, Racial Justice.