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Chancellors' Communique

Support following Orlando tragedy, 6-14-16


​Dear colleagues,

The deadly shootings in Orlando over the weekend have shocked and saddened us and prompted many in the university community to ask what we can do to help. Here are some ways you can get or offer assistance.

  • Counseling Services are available for CU Denver students through the Student and Community Counseling Center. Services are free and confidential for CU Denver students. To schedule an appointment you may call the Center at 303-556-4372 or drop in at Tivoli suite 454.
  • CU Anschutz students may receive counseling at the Anschutz Medical Campus Student Mental Health Service, Building 500, Level 2, 303-724-4716, SMHservice@ucdenver.edu.
  • GLBT Student Services (Tivoli 213, 303-556-6333) provides a safe space for all in our community to explore and increase their understanding of issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
  • Educational Opportunity Programs (Student Commons Suite 2007, 303-315-1880) offer support and resources for all students, faculty and staff, with particular focus on Latin@, Asian American, American Indian, and Black students, some of whom may be especially impacted because most of the victims were Hispanic.
  • Anyone wishing to donate blood in honor of the Orlando shooting victims may make an appointment to do so at the Bonfils Blood Center, 303-363-2300 or http://col.st/aal2X
  • A candlelight vigil, organized by PFLAG Denver, is being held this evening (Monday, June 13) at Cheeseman Park at 8 p.m., https://www.facebook.com/events/883526275107789/


The tragedy is felt especially deeply in our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and queer/questioning community. The nightclub where the attacks occurred was "a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights," as President Obama put it. These themes of awareness, empowerment and freedom to advocate for civil rights are also a core part of our university.  We support all grieving members of our LGBTQ community, their families and friends, and we hope that the Denver PrideFest events next weekend in Civic Center Park offer an opportunity for gathering, reflecting and healing. CU is a sponsor of the event and there are opportunities to volunteer. 

As we support and honor the victims, we are also mindful of the need to refrain from generalizing to a larger group the actions or mindset of one individual. As a university that values, welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms, we must find our connection and commonality rather than look for what divides us.

We are grateful to be a part of university community that is known for stepping up to help and support others in times of crisis. In these moments of shared pain and fear, we are also relying on each of you to do your part in cultivating the kind of climate we continue to have here: one of respect, civility and inclusion.

 

Don Elliman
Chancellor, CU Anschutz

Dorothy Horrell
Chancellor, CU Denver

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