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 respect.
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 grateful.
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.