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A message from President Fuchs regarding recent events

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Last month, I reached out to you following the heinous shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando to express our horror at the attack and our support for the LGBTQ, LatinX and Muslim communities.  My prayer was that we would replace hate and violence with respect, care and love.

Now I am writing again following a week of more horror, beginning with the shootings by police and death of two African-American men, Philando Castile outside Minneapolis and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. This morning we woke up to the news from Dallas of the targeted shootings of multiple police officers, leaving five officers dead and injuring others during what had been a peaceful protest.

We at the University of Florida affirm our support and love for our African-American students, staff and faculty. We are also grateful to our University Police for their dedicated service and collaboration with local law enforcement agencies in protecting everyone in our community.

I continue to pray that racism and hate will be replaced in each of our hearts with love for all people, particularly those who are different from ourselves and those we find difficult to love.  I hope that we can unite in rejecting racism and violence of all forms, embracing love, and creating a peaceful, accepting and respectful future.

With care and warmth,cid:image002.jpg@01D1C8B6.F96C1C30

W. Kent Fuchs
President 

University of Florida

 

 
One Pulse Unity Project

The Pulse Nightclub shooting has a great impact on the UF community. The Division of Student Affairs has launched the One Pulse Unity Project to demonstrate our deepest sympathies for the victims and their families of this tragedy and to remind the UF community that we are a campus where care is our culture.

Rainbow colored links are located across campus for students, faculty, staff, families, and guest to write messages of solidarity, love, and hope. These links will build a unity chain that will weave through the J. Wayne Reitz Union, a gathering place for the UF community. The unity chain will remain intact for 49 days in honor of the 49 lives lost.

Project Date: July 7 – August 25, 2016

Link Distribution Sites:

  • Vice President of Student Affairs Office
  • Counseling and Wellness Center
  • Off Campus Life
  • Reitz Union
  • Career Resource Center
  • GatorWell
  • Southwest Recreation Center
  • Center for Leadership and Service
  • Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Student Activities and Involvement
  • Student Government
  • Various Housing Locations
 
Congrats to our SAI Staff!

SAI wants to celebrate our wonderful staff for receiving their recent awards. Reginald Lane received the James E. Scott Fellowship, which recognizes his commitment to our students and will allow him to broaden his impact. Solange Douglas received a Research Award for being able to apply the data she collected to improving the quality of our advisor trainings and communication. James Tyger received the Art Sandeen Award which is given annually to a UF Division of Student Affairs staff member with less than three years full-time student affairs experience who exemplifies the values that Dr. Sandeen modeled: dedication to the profession, a love for students, commitment to mentoring others in the profession, and a commitment to academic excellence. Thank you all and congratulations!

 
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