Dear CED students, alumni, faculty and staff,
The haze and smoke surrounding Wurster Hall and the UC Berkeley campus is a reminder of the tragedy unfolding to the north of us right now. As the wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties continue to burn, destruction is extensive and has left many members of the CED community affected or displaced.
I am writing to you today to not only offer my deepest sympathies for those affected, but to also remind all members of the CED community that Wurster Hall remains a place for people to take shelter—both physically and emotionally—in this time of great need.
For students, counseling, financial and legal support services are readily available on campus. For those displaced by the fires, Wurster Hall's Environmental Design Library is a calm and peaceful space that's open to the public, as is the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which is offering free admission to all those affected.
I encourage all members of the community to review information compiled by the Tang Center related to air quality and smoke inhalation.
Staff and faculty may always contact our Employee Assistance Program if they are in need of support.
In keeping with the Berkeley spirit, I am aware of informal networks of people offering space in their homes for those displaced by the fires. Here is a list of ways to help if you are able.
Office of the Dean
College of Environmental Design
230 Wurster Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820
Photo courtesy of Joe Parks