Dear USC International Students and Scholars,
The Office of International Services (OIS) stands in solidarity with the statement made by President Folt and wants to express in no uncertain terms that racism, violence, hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia will never be tolerated. OIS is here to support and uplift our Asian students and scholars, and we understand members of our Trojan family may be feeling frightened, sad, and angry by this week’s news. The health, wellness, and safety of USC students and scholars is paramount, and USC and OIS are here to provide support and resources during this difficult time.
OIS hosts OIS Live for drop-in advising Mondays through Fridays via Zoom, should any students or scholars wish to speak with an OIS advisor. Other resources available to the USC community are below:
- On Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST) join APASS, SCAPE, APASA, and Helenes for The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence and How to Support APIDA Communities via Zoom. This will be an open discussion about the recent surge in hate crimes in the Asian-American community and an opportunity to learn more about mental health resources, discrimination reporting, and allyship against xenophobia and racism.
- The BIPOC Mental Health Resource Site is available to all students and connects the student community with resources, including therapists, who share the same cultural identities. Students may request a specific therapist, specify a shared identity, or see a therapist who is a regular presence as an embedded counselor in one of the Student Equity and Inclusion Program Centers or the Office of International Services.
- USC Student Health has drop-in Let’s Talk programs where students can speak one-on-one with a clinician from Counseling and Mental Health.
- Students and scholars can report incidents of bias and discrimination via the USC Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX.
Please take care of yourselves and one another.
In support and solidarity,
USC Office of International Services