A message from President Napolitano: UC support for those affected by the California wildfires
The following message was sent to all UCOP staff on Nov. 14:
Dear UCOP colleagues,
As our state continues to be ravaged by some of the worst wildfires in its history, UC is working with all of our locations to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, staff and the extended UC community.
Many of you have been directly or indirectly affected by the current fires and other recent natural disasters. All of us are moved by the tremendous loss of life and property and concerned about the health and environmental impact on California’s residents and land.
We will recover, but the effects of these disasters will disrupt lives for many months. The University of California remains ready to help all community members needing assistance. In addition to contributing to emergency response statewide and care at our medical centers and campus-based health and counseling centers, this support includes:
- Application deadlines for prospective students impacted by the fires have been extended until Dec. 15, 2018. More information about how to request an extension can be found here.
- Emergency support from UC benefit plans, and local faculty and staff assistance programs that offer free, confidential resources for emotional health needs are available to UC employees.
For those of you wondering how you can help, the state of California has vetted both volunteer opportunities as well as organizations that are collecting financial contributions. That information is available on the state’s website.
I know that you all join me in extending deep gratitude to the firefighters and other first responders still working to contain the danger and helping those who have been touched by these fires.
Yours very truly,