As news has spread about the death Tuesday of Berkeley College junior Cameron Dabaghi ’11, University administrators are reaching out to students who may have been affected by Dabaghi’s passing.
Berkeley College Master Marvin Chun substituted his Introduction to Psychology lecture today with an optional discussion with Lorraine Siggins, chief psychiatrist at Yale Health Services, and University Chaplain Sharon Kugler.
“What we do know from psychology is that it’s important to grieve with other people,” Chun said. He noted that only a few days ago, he shared an umbrella with Dabaghi, who seemed cheerful.
“It was completely unexpected,” Siggins added.
Ezra Stiles College Master Stephen Pitti ’91 e-mailed students in his college this morning and invited them to a gathering in the Ezra Stiles dining hall at 9 p.m. tonight in order to share thoughts and sentiments in the aftermath of Dabaghi’s death.
“It’s hard to know what to say or do in the aftermath of a loss like this one,” Pitti said in his e-mail, “but it’s important to come together.”
Branford College Dean Daniel Tauss also e-mailed the students in his college to suggest resources for grief counseling, including Mental Health and Counseling, the Chaplain’s Office and Walden Peer Counseling.
“You are not alone,” Tauss wrote. “Let yourself be there for others, and for yourself.”
Yale College Dean Mary Miller e-mailed the parents of undergraduates at around 10 a.m. today, notifying them of Dabaghi’s death and encouraging them to contact and comfort theirs sons and daughters.
David Burt and Traci Tillman contributed reporting.