I know that I speak for all of us in expressing concern and sympathy for our UC colleagues and the many others who have been affected by this week's Southern California wildfires. I also recognize that members of the UCSC community may have been personally affected by the tragedy through the fires' impact on their families or friends.

Ways you can support the victims of the fires

There are many ways in which members of the campus community can provide support to the victims of the recent Southern California fires. This special web page lists several ways.
This week's events remind us that providing for the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty is a very high priority on our campus.

Therefore, I would like to encourage any students experiencing emotional stress as a result of this tragedy to make use of the services available from our Counseling & Psychological group at the Student Health Center. Contact information is available at:

www2.ucsc.edu/counsel

This kind of critical support is also available to our faculty and staff through UCSC's Employee Assistance Program. Information on the program can be found at: shr.ucsc.edu/topics/benefits/eap

Later this week a more detailed message will be sent directly to all students from Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty. The message will provide information about emergency financial assistance, academic accommodation, and campus outreach to students directly affected by the fire.

We also expect to provide follow-up information soon about volunteer and donation activities.

Please join with me in extending our deepest condolences to the many, many people affected by this week's events.