Today we grieve over yet another mass murder. I'm heartbroken as are, undoubtedly, all of you at this tragic loss of life. It appears that this horrible incident targeted the Orlando LGBTQ community and our hearts go out to their families, friends, as well as to all who are affected by this. Our thoughts are also with our Duke LGBTQ communities and we want to be sure that you have all the support you need. Our CAPS staff, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, DukeReach staff and all of us in Student Affairs and throughout Duke are available to you for support and care. Please don't hesitate to contact any one of us as needed. The Duke Police can put you in direct communications with our 24 hour on-call staff who can arrange for any necessary support.
In the days ahead, we'll know more about the individual who committed this atrocity. Whatever his affiliations, we know that his behavior was reflective of his own hate, ignorance and illnesses. We will resist any misguided efforts to extend blame where it is not deserved. I encourage you all to do the same.
We can only hope that something good can come from this tragedy. I don't know what it will take to reduce the level of violence we see both in the US and, even more so, abroad, but I know that it will likely be up to many of you, the next generation of leaders and advocates, to make it happen. I wish for you the wisdom to conceive of it and the capacity to endure the effort. Please help heal our world.
Vice President for Student Affairs