BCIT statement on human rights situation in Iran

On behalf of BCIT, we wish to express our support for the women, students, and courageous people of Iran who are risking their lives and freedom in support of gender equity and human rights.

We also wish to acknowledge and pay respect to those who have died in protest and in police custody, including Mahsa Amini, and the many others who continue to experience discrimination and repression. Their courage reminds us that the work towards the elimination of gender-based violence must continue in our communities here in BC and abroad.

We are horrified by what is occurring and understand that these events may be particularly upsetting for those BCIT community members who are from Iran or have loved ones there.

Please remember that BCIT is here to support you.

Services and resources available for staff and faculty

Homewood Health: Staff and faculty are able to access 24/7, confidential counselling through BCIT’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider, Homewood Health.

Distressing Events: You might find it helpful to review these common responses to distressing events, and suggestions for taking care of yourself and others.

Services and resources available for students

Counselling & Student Development: are available to meet with students in person, via video, or by phone. Students can book an appointment by calling 604-432-8608.

Here2Talk: 24/7 phone or text-based counselling is available through Here2Talk.

Early Assist: If you know a student who is feeling overwhelmed, concerned for their safety, or aren’t sure where to start, please encourage them to submit an Early Assist referral to be connected with one of our Student Life Managers, who can help them navigate BCIT’s supports.

Sincerely,

Jackie Gruber
Director, Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

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