The recent spate of violence--in Baton Rouge,
St. Paul and Dallas--has left us all reeling and wondering what we can do to
defuse anger and intolerance in our communities and on our campus.
One thing we can do is work to support a campus
culture of diversity, respect
and inclusion. Beyond our own campus, we can seek ways to lend our scholarship
and use our actions to replace fear and resentment with trust and mutual
Today there will be an inaugural event for a
tri-institutional group called Solidarity@Auraria, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the
Tivoli Commons. The event will be an opportunity for all members of our campus
community to demonstrate solidarity. It will honor victims of the recent
shootings--including those killed in Orlando last month--in an atmosphere of
hope and healing. Event organizers and Auraria Campus Police are collaborating
to ensure a peaceful event.
Then tomorrow, July 12, CU Denver Black Student
Services is sponsoring "It's Time to Talk!" from 2-3 p.m. in Student
Commons Room 2000. This event will provide a safe place for the campus
community to reflect on the recent police shootings and the attack on Dallas
police officers. For more Information, please call 303-315-1881.
As we consider the tragic loss of the law
enforcement officers in Dallas, we recognize the important role our own campus
police play in creating a safe and welcoming environment here on the campus.
Their work enables us to teach and learn in a place where we can safely and
freely exchange ideas and thoughts--for which we are exceedingly
Finally, I would like to remind you of the resources available on campus should
you find yourself in need of counseling services or other assistance.