From the Dean's Desk - Oct. 15, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that we have lost one of our own. Ardavan “Ari” Afshar, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the School of CSE, passed away on October 13.

Ari was known as not only a good student but a good person, outgoing and kind, with a lot of friends around campus. There are many, many who knew him who will miss him, and as a community, we are always hurt by the loss of one of our members.

This is a sad day for the College of Computing.

I know that each of us manages this kind of news in our own personal way. I want to encourage you to take advantage of the Institute’s resources for supporting your mental health during this difficult time (please see some pointers below), and I encourage you to support each other. As always, we will get through this together.

Peace.

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Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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Resource List for Mental Health & Well-being Support

  • Center for Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE), care.gatech.edu, on the first floor of the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) building from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the week and after-hours by calling 404-894-2575
  • Georgia Tech Counseling Center (www.counseling.gatech.edu) is staffed by psychologists and mental health counselors. They offer brief, confidential counseling and crisis intervention services to students. The Counseling Center also offers an after hours on-call counselor to speak and consult with students in crisis. In addition, they sponsor a series of workshops for managing stress.
  • Stamps Health Services (https://health.gatech.edu/services/psych ) is open to students and their spouses. Students interested in scheduling an appointment may call 404-894-2585 or visit the second floor of the Stamps Health Services Building.
  • Division of Student Life and the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students has a referral option if you are concerned about a student (www.studentlife.gatech.edu).
  • The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (1-800-715-4225) is staffed with professional social workers and counselors 24 hours per day, every day, to assist those with urgent and emergency needs. ww.mygcal.com.
  • Staff and faculty may find support through the Employee Assistance Program at hwb.gatech.edu/eap.