Student groups at UTHealth co-hosted a candlelight vigil on Thursday, June 16 honoring the lives of the victims of the mass shooting which occurred in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. Students, faculty and staff members from across the Texas Medical Center in Houston gathered to honor those who were lost that day.
The vigil was hosted by The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston LGBT Student Alliance and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Pride, with representatives from UTHealth School of Public Health outREACH, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s Gay Straight Alliance, and Baylor College of Medicine’s Muslim Medical Association, Hillel and Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Earlier, Dr. Eric Boerwinkle, dean of UTHealth School of Public Health, sent a letter to students, faculty and staff of the school encouraging them to attend the vigil. In the letter, Boerwinkle said, “Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families and friends, and our support goes out to all of those who may live in fear because of who they are or what they believe in. Like so many others, I struggle to find the root cause of such tragedies, and I remain frustrated without satisfactory answers. But we cannot give up. Tolerance and anti-violence (especially prevention) are core public health values, so we must strive to uphold such values through our work and the way we live our lives.”