Friday, April 19, 2013

Supporting One Another

The thoughts, support, and prayers of all of us at Hofstra are with everyone affected by the recent events in the greater Boston area.  There is no doubt that each one of us has a connection to someone living, working or studying in this region and I know it has been hard to watch as their lives have been disrupted throughout the past few days.  It is my hope and prayer that those close to you are safe.

At such times we have mixed emotions.  I urge you to reach out to those individuals that you may know and console them, visit with them, share your compassion, and listen to them.  The significance of an offer of help cannot be overemphasized.  The Division of Student Affairs offers counseling and support services for students who wish to talk about their feelings or concerns. Contact information can be found below:
Student Counseling Services:  Please call (516) 463-6791.  If you are experiencing a psychological emergency during non-business hours, please contact Hofstra's Public Safety office at (516) 463-6789, and they will put you in contact with a crisis counselor immediately.  More information can be found here.
Residential Programs Staff:  If you are a residential student, you are encouraged to speak with your Resident Director or your Resident Assistant who can assist in connecting you to supportive campus resources.
Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services Staff:  If you are a student living off campus please do not hesitate to contact Anita Ellis, Director for Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services at, who can also assist in connecting you to supportive campus resources.
In addition, of course, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Affairs office at 516-463-6933 or at

More importantly, this is a time when by reaching out to one another, we can find the strength to understand and grow as a community.

Sandra S. Johnson, Ed.D
Vice President for Student Affairs


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