o the Quinnipiac University Family:
Saturday night, like many of you, I went to bed mourning the loss of 20 innocent souls in a mass shooting in El Paso, filled with sadness for the victims and families and shaken in my faith in the essential nature of humankind. Sunday morning, I woke to the news out of Dayton of nine more deaths at the hands of a gunman, and there were more shootings in Chicago this weekend. Last week it was Gilroy.
These are evil acts of violence, heinous attacks against a race or ethnicity, a religion, a gender, a national origin, a sexual orientation, or an individual. Hate also showed its face in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Orlando and Charleston and in too many places before and after.
In painful times like these, we turn to one another for answers, for comfort, for reaffirmation of our belief in the goodness of humanity. We are that community at Quinnipiac, we are resilient and kind, and we must do our part at Quinnipiac in opposing hate at every turn. We must find ways — collectively and individually — to stand up against the evil and intolerance that propel and enable such violence.
We must come together as a community, modeling and practicing civil discourse and civic engagement, and showing care to the communities around us. We must be more committed than ever to advancing mental wellness in our communities and to increased vigilance for those who are at risk and need our help the most.
Please know that support services are available to our students, faculty and staff. Students seeking help can contact Counseling Services at 203-582-8680. For faculty and staff, assistance is available through our Employee Assistance Program, e4health, at 800-828-6025.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those affected by these tragic events. Let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.