With Police Brutality and Racism in the Headlines, Embry-Riddle Offers Support

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Police brutality and persistent, systemic racism can take a heavy psychological toll on many in our Embry-Riddle community, particularly those who are Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). For Black people, these killings are an all-too-frequent reminder of the urgent work that needs to happen to ensure issues of systemic racism and all forms of oppression are addressed. This is the only way that we will create a truly equitable and just society in which marginalized people can safely live.

Embry-Riddle recognizes that these tragic events can have a deep impact on those who self-identify with the victims and increase the generational trauma that we know exists, which can take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing.

During this difficult time, we encourage you to use and share the resources below if you, or someone in our community is in need of support.

Resources for the University Community


  • Students can connect with the Daytona Beach Campus Counseling Center or the Prescott Campus Counseling Center for mental health services. Our Counseling Centers provide a calm, friendly and supportive environment for students to address any issue or concern.  Counseling is confidential and offered free of charge. Call 386-226-6035 (Daytona Beach) or 928-777-3312 (Prescott).
  • On the Daytona Beach Campus, the Center for Faith and Spiritualty welcome students, staff and faculty of all backgrounds. Reach the Chaplain's Office at 386-226-6580 or chaplainsoffice@erau.edu. Hours Of Operation: 6 am – 10 pm daily.
  • The Employee Assistance Program offered through Embry-Riddle is available to help faculty, staff and eligible dependents cope with everyday life challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, substance abuse and more.
  • The Dean of Students Office is another sources of support for students. On the Daytona Beach Campus, email dbdos@erau.edu. On the Prescott Campus, email prdos@erau.edu. On the Worldwide Campus, contact wwdos@erau.edu.
  • For health and wellness services, students can contact 386-226-7917 on the Daytona Beach Campus or 928-777-6653 on the Prescott Campus.
  • Title IX Compliance: dbtitle9@erau.edu (Daytona Beach) / prtitle9@erau.edu (Prescott) / dammerl@erau.edu (Worldwide Campus).


Resources for Dialogue

  • Understanding Racial Trauma
  • Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma: The Association of Black Psychologists produced this extensive guide of ways to promote healing in individuals, families and communities.
  • Racial Stress and Self-Care for Parents: The American Psychological Association’s Racial and Ethnic Socialization (RES) process helps parents “influence children’s racial identity and self-concept, beliefs about the way the world works, and repertoire of strategies and skills for coping with and navigating racism and inter- and intra-racial relationships and interactions.” 
  • Living Room Conversations: These resources provide a simple guide to begin to engage in conversations across topics of conversation such as race, nationality, gender, age and more.
  • Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking about Race guide may be helpful in preparing to navigate discussions about race and racism.

24/7 Assistance

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 

  • Daytona Beach Campus Safety -- 386-226-(SAFE) 7233
  • Prescott Campus Safety and Security: 928-777-3333
  • Emergencies: Call 911 (Off Campus)
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline –  800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text Crisis Text Line- Text HELLO to 741-741

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