On Monday, December 11, 2023, in on-campus housing known as the Mods, carbon monoxide poisoning took Evergreen student Jonathan Rodriguez's life and sent two other students to the hospital. A campus police officer who responded and performed CPR was also hospitalized due to exposure.
The Washington State Patrol is currently investigating this tragedy. While awaiting their conclusions, the college has taken immediate steps to help ensure student safety. Students living in Mods that use propane as a source of heat or hot water have been moved into new housing. Steady progress continues for safety inspections and maintenance of all student housing on campus.
If you have questions or concerns, contact the Community Support and Response Team at email@example.com.
Events & Community Forums
Campus Investigation Community Webinar
December 15, 2023
Please join us for a community webinar tomorrow, Friday, December 15.
Colleagues from across campus will share what they know about the ongoing investigation, what's being done to ensure safety, and where to direct questions.
When: 1 - 1:30 pm
Where: Zoom Webinar
December 13, 2023
Dear Evergreen Community,
During this time, we acknowledge there is a need for greater Evergreen connection and collective care.
We will be gathering on Red Square at noon today, Wednesday, December 13, to connect, grieve, reflect, and support each other. All are welcome to attend.
The Social Justice Center will also be open with staff and counselors on site.
If you are in or near Olympia on Wednesday, we hope you will consider joining us at noon on Red Square.
Parents and Family Members
As our Evergreen community grieves the loss of a student and those harmed by the recent incident on campus, we offer these resources for students seeking additional support:
If you find yourself in immediate distress, please call the Thurston-Mason Crisis Clinic at (360) 586-2800.
A weekly Grief Support meeting will be held with Student Wellness Services counselors Mondays, January 8 - March 11, from 3 - 4 pm in the Social Justice Center on the 2nd floor of Evans Hall.
We also encourage you to schedule individual appointments with our counselors upon returning to Evergreen in January 2024.
For Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These resources include 24/7 support via phone at 1-877-313-4455.
Additional resources that our therapists have found helpful in navigating grief and stress:
What's Your Grief? Website providing grief support.
Heartlight Center Accessible anywhere, the center offers grief support groups.
Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff Self-guided exercises can assist with stress care for oneself.
Whirlpool of Grief An alternative to the traditional five stages of grief.
The Breathing Space A short, guided meditation allows oneself to be in the present moment, which may help to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Resources for Resilience Calming exercises for times of crisis and stress.