Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Dear UNT students,

Watching the United States Capitol under siege Wednesday was shocking and heartbreaking. The news from our nation's capital certainly introduced another stress point into our lives, as many of us felt deeply disturbed about what unfolded. Despite yesterday's events, we strongly believe in the power of our democracy and our nation's ability to come together and heal. The courage and resolve shown by those who helped restore order as Congress returned to work Wednesday evening provides reason for optimism and hope.

This is a time for our caring community to come together and support one another regardless of political beliefs. Our UNT family is strong and unified in our resolve to help bring healing and unity to our students, faculty and staff during this challenging time in our nation's history.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please remember that we have resources available to help. Students may receive free counseling through the university's Counseling and Testing Services.

The beginning of the new year has brought optimism, but challenges will continue to confront us in 2021 as we battle the pandemic and continue conversations regarding the issues of race relations, economic disruption and our current political divide. When working through these tough times and processing our emotions, please do not hesitate to ask for help as we look ahead to brighter days.

Together, our UNT family will work to continue to move our students and our communities forward - despite the challenges we are facing.

Lesa Roe
UNT System

Neal Smatresk
University of North Texas

Michael Williams
UNT Health Science Center

Bob Mong
UNT Dallas