The Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness (CCSEP) supports ACPA's statement on the attacks and murders in Orlando this past weekend. We extend our deepest sympathy to the victims, their families, and friends, and we recognize the need to support all those affected by this senseless violence. This hateful, terrorist act took place over the course of a few hours this weekend, but the aftershocks will continue to hurt millions of people, many of whom study, live, and/or work on our campuses. We encourage everyone to offer support and love to anyone who may need it, especially to our friends, colleagues, and students within the LGBTQI and Latino communities.
CCSEP firmly supports ACPA in stating that we as a nation need to change laws to prevent such easy access to weapons of destruction. Now is a time to grieve and support those around us, but grieving itself will not cause positive and meaningful change. We need to work together with campus, community, state, and federal leaders, as well as law enforcement, to make significant change in gun laws possible. As images of those standing in line at blood banks demonstrate the spirit of helping, we are reminded of our call for all student affairs professionals to remain unwavering and resolute in making positive progress.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." -Mister Rogers
There will always be people helping... Let's continue to be those helpers for those who need it. CCSEP sends love and support to all affected by this senseless act.