Dear campus community,
The Supreme Court decision to overturn a long protected right for women has left many in our community in great pain. As I have said before about freedom of expression, the protection of individual rights is the foundation of a democratic society. The rolling back of those rights is cause for outrage, concern and anxiety.
I share with you Governor Gavin Newsom’s assurances that California “must do everything it can to protect the fundamental rights of all women – in California and beyond.”
California State University Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester also added “Freedom – at its foundation – is about the removal of barriers. The CSU exists to remove barriers to knowledge, understanding, prosperity and the fulfillment of one's potential. Today's decision is indeed antithetical to the CSU's ideals.”
This may add to the stress that many of us have experienced for a variety of reasons these past few months. We have resources to help. SF State students can access mental and other health services available on campus and online. Employees in need of support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program.
Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.