Message of support: A response to recent mass shootings

Dear Campus Community:

As your new dean of students, I would like to send a message of support to those impacted by the mass shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.  Hate has no place in our communities and we, as a campus and a nation, must confront the rise of hate and violence we are witnessing.  It is also important for us to support one another in the wake of these tragic events.

I also want you to know that UW-Madison is always here for you.  You are not alone, and there are resources here to support you during difficult times.

The Dean of Students Office is available should you or someone you know need to connect with campus services, find assistance in identifying other helpful resources, or need support as you process these and other tragic events.  There are several ways to connect with the us – you can:

– Call: (608) 263-5700
– Email:
– Walk In: Room 70 Bascom Hall, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Live Chat:

Another resource available to you is University Health Services (UHS).  Their mental health providers understand the complexities of student life and offer an open, safe, and confidential environment to help students through issues.

You may experience strong reactions that can impact your mental health or ability to cope. If you would like to talk to someone, UHS Mental Health Services is another option for you to express your feelings and concerns. You can also call the 24-hour crisis line at (608) 265-5600 (option 9).

I want to reiterate that UW-Madison does not tolerate hate and violence.  All are welcome here and we are here to support you.

With care and concern,

Christina Olstad
Dean of Students