Caring for Impacted Communities

Support for Students Impacted by Current Global Violence

We understand that many members of our community may be experiencing a range of emotions and challenges related to ongoing violence in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Our hearts go out to all those affected; our office is here to support you.

We recognize that these events may have particular impacts on some disabled students, and we are committed to providing you with the resources and accommodations you may need. The Disability Access Center team is available to discuss any specific concerns you have and to work together to find appropriate solutions, whether through the DAC or other Western resources.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the DAC. We are here to listen, understand, and work with you to facilitate removal of disability related barriers to your academic pursuits during this challenging time. Remember, you are not alone, and your well-being is our top priority.


  • Academic Accommodations: If your ability to participate in courses and complete schoolwork is affected, please reach out to us at the DAC. Where relevant, we can help you explore disability accommodations that may support your learning.

  • Students Experiencing Crises: The Office of Student Life (OSL) coordinates assistance for students experiencing personal crises and needing temporary leaves of absence. 

  • Communities: For some, being with community is helpful. The ADEI Unit is home to multiple spaces and communities, including the Disability Outreach Center, LGBTQ+ Lounge, and Ethnic Student Center clubs. Staff in Multicultural Student Services and LGBTQ+ Western can be a support, too. There are also many communities in student clubs outside the ADEI Unit.

  • Counseling and Behavioral Health Services: The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) offers confidential counseling services to help you process your emotions and provide a safe space for discussion. CWC also offers groups about managing anxiety and building coping skills. The Student Health Center offers behavioral health services for students experiencing symptoms of mood dysregulation.

  • Help with academics: The Tutoring Center provides support with specific classes, study groups, and individual study skills sessions that can help you develop strategies for completing schoolwork when distracted and distressed.

  • Report Bias Incidents and Discrimination: Students who witness or experience instances of bias or discrimination -- including based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, and disability -- are encouraged to report to the University's Bias Response Team or the Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Office.