Dear Colorado SPH colleagues,
Yesterday, we heard about the horrible attack on innocent people in Orlando. Our hearts ache for the families, the Orlando community, and the specifically targeted community, persons who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. As members of a School that values diversity and seeks to nurture a culture of inclusion, we can stand for love over hate and look for opportunities to support one another and the community at large in the days and weeks to come. I’ve attached a message of support from Chancellors Elliman and Horrell in case you missed it.
A sad truth is that this attack, as horrific as it is, is the most recent among an all too common series of violent attacks on people viewed as the other, whether defined by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other innate personal characteristics. As a public health community, we can also play a positive role by seeking to understand the root causes of these attacks, pushing back against the simplistic approach of blaming and vilifying segments of our society, and developing public health solutions to prevent future tragedies. While we grieve today, let’s also work together for a better tomorrow.
David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD
Dean, Colorado School of Public Health