Following the ClubQ Shooting: ODEI’s Commitment to the LGBTQIA+ Community

In the wake of the horrific shooting at ClubQ, an LGBTQIA+ bar in Colorado Springs this past weekend, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) reiterates its commitment to and stands in solidarity with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We mourn the lives of the five persons who were killed, and our thoughts are with the 25 people who were injured. The LGBTQIA+ community is hurting, and similar to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, the pain is exacerbated by national rhetoric that centers itself on hate for transgender and gay people.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is devastated by Monday’s horrific school shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is devastated by Monday’s horrific school shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, here in St. Louis. Loss of life in a place of learning is unthinkable, and sadly all too familiar. Classrooms should be safe havens where young people feel welcomed and where learning is celebrated. We have had the honor of being a part of the education process in several area high schools, including Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience with whom we have an ongoing affiliation. We are brokenhearted about the lost lives and the loss of innocence for the adolescents and young adults, as well as staff and administrators, who survived this tragic event at the Central Visual and Performing Arts and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Our community is strong; however, this pain cannot be healed easily. The consequences of gun violence are pervasive and affect entire communities: children, adults, and families.   

In Solidarity

We are saddened and angered by the recent violence fueled by white supremacy and racism in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Dallas. We honor those who lost their lives. We grieve with those who lost loved ones and all who are impacted by the trauma of these events.

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

Hi all, I’m writing to make you all aware of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) occurring from sundown on Wednesday, April 27th to sundown Thursday, April 28th. Some of you may have seen or observed the International Holocaust Day of Remembrance in January. Yom HaShoah marks the beginning of 3 important days within the Jewish […]

Speak up against xenophobia and racism during COVID-19

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Fears of the novel coronavirus have led to deep divisiveness along racial and ethnic lines. We encourage our campus community to actively interrupt and denounce xenophobic and racist behavior.