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Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services

Teachers College, Columbia University

Statement Against Capitol Riots

We are horrified and deeply saddened by the domestic terroism that took place on January 6th, 2021. A riotous mob, fueled by anger, hatred, and violence, attacked the U.S. Capitol with intentions of stopping the peaceful transfer of political power and invalidating the votes of millions of citizens. This act of domestic terrosim threatened our democracy and demonstrated that hatred in the form of racism and antisemitism are still prevalent. As we watched this horrifying event unfold, it has left many of us feeling unsafe and anxious of the future. Furthermore, we recognize the psychological and physical toll this may have taken on those who witnessed this act in person or on television. On top of dealing with the aftermath of domestic terrorism, we are also in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, advocating for social justice, and dealing with our personal set of challenges. We understand that this event has impacted all of us in different ways. The Dean Hope Center would like to extend our services, support, and resources to those who may be struggling to cope with this overwhelming event. The well-being of our clients is of utmost importance to us. 




  1. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline. The Helpline, which you can reach at 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the COVID pandemic, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as:
    1. Tornadoes and Severe Storms
    2. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
    3. Floods
    4. Wildfires
    5. Earthquakes
    6. Drought
    7. Incidents of Mass Violence*
  2. Fact Sheet on Coping with Grief after Community Violence; 
  3. Incidents of Mass Violence
  4. Anxiety and Depression Association of America 
  5. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance
  6. Helping your Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol 
  7. We Asked Mental Health Professionals How to Cope With the Trauma of Watching Extremists Storm the Capitol

  8. Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
  9. Supporting Marginalized Students in the Context of the 2020 Elections: Tips for Parents
  10.  Chaos at the Capitol: How Do You Cope When You Witness Violence and Trauma — Even From Afar?
  11. Twelve self-help tips for coping in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol
  12. Feeling Stressed about the Capitol Attacks? Here are some Tools to Help Cope from a Trauma Art Therapist

  13. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Supporting Children After the U.S. Capitol Attack 
  14. How to Talk to Your Kids About the Attack on the Capitol


Message from President Thomas Bailey: 

On behalf of our Teachers College community, I want to express our sadness and horror over yesterday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol by riotous mobs attempting to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected administration to the next. Yesterday’s assault on the symbol of our democracy, in which four people died, was nothing less than an act of domestic terrorism.

Yesterday’s rioters did not represent who we are as a country. But the siege itself offered a sobering reminder that COVID-19 is not the only virus that has been loosed upon our land. Conspiracy theories, abuse of social and alternative media, and hateful (and frequently racist and anti-semitic) rhetoric have sown distrust in our democratic institutions and deepened “us versus them” divisions throughout our society.

Our response in the coming weeks and months to these and other myriad challenges facing our country will test not only the strength of our laws, traditions and civic institutions, but also our character as a people. In particular, restoring our civic health will require a lot of time, sustained focus, and hard work – and education can and must play a lead role.

This is where Teachers College comes in: Our teaching, research and partnerships with practitioners contribute to a smarter, healthier, more equitable, and more just multicultural society. Our work could not be more timely or essential. I believe that effective solutions to the challenges and problems facing us now will have the names of our faculty, students, and alumni on them. As educators, scholars, psychologists, health professionals, and leaders, we are more than ready to meet this moment. Let us seize it – now.