The message below was sent via email to students and employees on March 4, 2022.
Dear Peralta Community,
To students and our community who are experiencing hardship and trauma connected to the escalation of Russia’s unprovoked violence upon Ukraine, especially with the increasing numbers of civilian casualties, please know that we share this message as sign of support for you.
Students, we would like to remind you about the free access to personal and mental health counseling resources available at each of our college campuses. Information about these services at each college may be found below.
To our valued employees who have been impacted, you have access to free, confidential counseling through the PCCD Employee Assistance Program administered by MHN. Please refer to the MHN link for further information, or call them toll-free at 1-800-535-4985, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; TDD callers can dial 1-800-327-0801.
Also, for our communities, we would like to remind you of the following humanitarian organizations that provide support in difficult times and crises:
Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
Voices of Children
The Ukrainian organization's Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website.
Sunflower of Peace
International Committee of the Red Cross
Save the Children
Razom for Ukraine
We are deeply saddened by these recent events, yet we support and stand with you. While our words may be insufficient during this traumatic time, we hope these resources may provide some help. Please know that we recognize and value you.
Best wishes for success as you continue your educational journey at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.
Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District
Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College
Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda
Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College
Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College