June 1st, 2020
To the AAP Community
We want everyone to know that we (AAP) condemn the violent killing of Brother George Floyd and the others who lost their lives before him. The long history of violence and systematic racism against people of color have brought about grief and anger that has become too much to bear. We are upset and feel that these senseless acts were unjustified and hateful. We know that people around the country and world have expressed their anger and dissatisfaction about what is happening in our communities. The protests have shown us that there is a strong need for us to take action on fixing a broken system that continues to bring pain to the families and friends of Black and Brown people. We express our deepest sympathy for all of the families that have lost love ones because of these horrendous acts. We also stand with those who are taking to the streets to protest and call for justice. This needs to be fixed and fixed now!
We, along with some other units across campus, are preparing a series of forums and discussion groups so that people can talk about what is happening in our community and country. How do we make sense of this moment? What can we all do to address this issue? Where do we go for support and comfort? We will be posting on our website the various ZOOM meetings and venues where students can share their thoughts and express their feelings. We also will share resources that can help us all process what is going on and ways that we constructively deal with it.
Again, this is unacceptable. However, know that we are with you during these difficult times and care deeply about what is happening to our community. I encourage you to participate and engage in our discussions and resources. We must fight through this and hope for a better world.
Dear AAP student,
We hope that you are doing well and taking all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the dreaded COVID-19 virus. We in AAP are working hard to make sure that we can provide you with academic and psycho-social support as you start the Spring 2020 quarter. We are treading on new territory and working with various entities on campus to make sure we are prepared to provide you with the services you may need to meet this new challenge.
AAP will be operating remotely during the Spring quarter for many of our services. New students can still join the program by visiting our website (www.aap.ucla.edu) and getting directions on signing up for an orientation session. Information about academic counseling, peer learning, mentoring and other services can also be found on the AAP website. If you would like to make a virtual appointment with an AAP staff member please feel free to send an email. Our contact information is located on the website.
We realize this may not be the best situation to operate in, but circumstances beyond our control prevent us from doing otherwise. Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here to support you during these challenging times. Take care and be safe!
Charles J. Alexander, Ph.D.