Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

August 7, 2019

Dear members of our community,

The mass shootings that occurred over the past two weekends in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrifying acts of violence that impact us all. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and their communities; it is difficult to find words to adequately express our shock and anger that such things can happen. And as these senseless killings seem to increase, particularly when they are motivated by racism or xenophobia as appears to be the case in El Paso, it may be tempting to think "here we go again." While it is important to note and track these tragedies, we must not let ourselves become desensitized to the emotions they evoke in us as well as the impact they have on the communities in which they occur. We will be witnesses to hate, but we will not let hate win. Please take care of yourselves by using the resources listed below should you need assistance.

In community and with care,

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.
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Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion


Resources

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
diversity.umd.edu
2411 Marie Mount Hall
301.405.2838

Nyumburu Cultural Center
nyumburu.umd.edu
4018 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742
301.314.7758

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equity Center
lgbt.umd.edu
2218 Marie Mount Hall 301.405.8720

University of Maryland Chaplains
thestamp.umd.edu/memorial_chapel/chaplains

Counseling Center
counseling.umd.edu
1101 Shoemaker Building, 4281 Chapel Lane
301.314.7651

Health Center
health.umd.edu
140 Campus Drive
301.314.8180

Multicultural Student Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA)
thestamp.umd.edu
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Suite 1120
301.314.8600