Supporting those affected by the fires in the Los Angeles area

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Jaye Padgett, Vice Provost, Student Success Tyrus Miller, Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies Sue Matthews, Associate Vice Chancellor, Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services

We are saddened by news of the wildfires in the Los Angeles area. The Thomas fire in Ventura County has spread to 65,000 acres, while a new fire is has erupted around the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. We are relieved that there have been no reported fatalities. But homes have been lost, and many more are still under threat. Many people are being evacuated.

We urge anyone in our campus community impacted by these fires to reach out for support.

Students should seek support from staff in their college and with Counseling and Psychological Services. Additionally, the Slug Support program is available as a resource.

Employees can use the Employee Assistance Program, which provides personal counseling and support.