At 2 p.m. today (June 13), members of the Cal State Fullerton community are invited to come together in response to yesterday’s shooting in Orlando, Fla. The gathering will take place in the Chicano/Chicana Resource Center, in Room 109 of Titan Shops. Counselors will be available for students who would like to share their concerns or grief.
By proclamation of President Barack Obama, Cal State Fullerton joins other public buildings, military posts, and U.S. embassies in flying their flags at half staff through Thursday, June 16, as a mark of respect for the victims of the mass shooting.
Earlier this morning, President Mildred García sent the following message to the campus community:
With you, I awoke yesterday morning to the news of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. I am stunned and saddened as our nation, yet again, confronts unspeakable tragedy.
Many, I know, are hurt, frightened and angry — emotions that are understandable.
While Orlando may be on the other side of the country, that is no distance in the hearts and minds of a globally conscious and compassionate Titan community.
All the facts are still being gathered, but it does seem clear that this attack was meant, in particular, as a strike against the LGBT community. As an inclusive, embracing campus that celebrates and advances our diversity, the sting of this reality is even greater.
Unfortunately, this type of horrible violence is happening all too often all around our country, so now more than ever, we must stand together in support of our diverse communities and against the violence happening in our cities every day.
As our country and our University deal with this event and the difficult path ahead, a time for coming together in memorial is being planned for this afternoon.