A statement from Amy Epperley, director of Hokie Wellness
Dear Virginia Tech Faculty and Staff,
Over the past several days we have become aware of recent violence in the Middle East related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We know the loss of life has implications for many members of our Virginia Tech community and it is possible in some cases that this has directly impacted you or someone you know.
During this time, we encourage you to speak with friends, dialogue with your family, and/or seek guidance from a trusted colleague. Hokie Wellness continues to provide a number of programs and services to help support our faculty and staff. See below for additional resources.
This past weekend an Israeli flag was stolen from the Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center located just off campus. A similar theft of an Israeli flag took place in the fall semester. The Blacksburg Police Department is investigating the matter. We recognize that we may not be able to fully resolve the cause of acts like these. We ask that you continue to reflect upon our Principles of Community during this time, through which “we affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.”
We want to advance any effort that promotes peace, practices civility, and allows differences to thrive, as well as those that help us take care of our mental health and well-being. Any act that crosses the threshold towards violence, intimidation, or harassment can have no place in our world or locally on our campuses.
- Employee Assistance Program
- Anthem at 855-223-9277
- Aetna at 888-238-6232
- Kaiser Permanente at 866-517-7042
- Optima Health Vantage HMO at 866-846-2682
- Hokie Wellness at 540-231-8878 (employees)
- University Ombuds Office at 540-231-3125
- Women’s Center at Virginia Tech at 540-231-7806
Director, Hokie Wellness