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University of California, San Diego
June 15, 2016

SUBJECT:   Tragedy in Orlando

We are horrified and deeply saddened by the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend, and its impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  We condemn the violence that killed 49 people and injured 53 others at the LGBT dance-club Pulse on a Latinx night.  UC San Diego responded with messages from our LGBT Resource Center, and hosted a gathering yesterday for our UC San Diego community.  UC San Diego is home to many in the LGBT community, and our hearts and thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.

It is important that we as a UC San Diego community provide space for those who are impacted, and especially those in the LGBT community.  Students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) http://caps.ucsd.edu, (858) 534-3755, 24 hours a day.  Our faculty and staff struggling to make sense of this have the Faculty and Staff Assistance program available to them as well, with more information accessible at http://blink.ucsd.edu/sponsor/hr/org-chart/fsap.html, (858) 534-5523.  We encourage managers and supervisors to create supportive spaces, as many who are part of the LGBT community may be mourning in silence due to the stigma which still impacts our society regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

For those who would like to donate to support the victims’ families as they continue to grieve, the Orlando LGBT Center has set up a fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq.  During this terrible time, we honor the process of healing and reflection. Together, in support of our LGBT community, we will get through this.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor

David A. Brenner
Vice Chancellor – Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine
Margaret Leinen
Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences
Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sandra Brown
Vice Chancellor – Research

Juan C. Gonzalez
Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs

Gary C. Matthews
Vice Chancellor – Resource Management and Planning

Pierre Ouillet
Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Bob Continetti
Chair, Academic Senate – San Diego Division

John C. Moore
Chair, Council of Provosts

Community Responses to Orlando Tragedy

My dearest community,

We woke up Sunday morning to an unimaginable horror.  As so many UC San Diego students completed their studies and left our campus, we learned of what happened in Orlando.  As of now, we are not aware of any UC San Diego community members who have been directly involved in what happened. 

There are two broader community events happening in response, one at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and one at the North County San Diego LGBT Community Center.  See below this message for the details.  As always, the UC San Diego LGBT Community Center will be open and available for anyone to stop by tomorrow, Monday and throughout the week, from 8:00am-4:30pm.  Although not a crisis center, at times like these being in community and drawing strength and comfort from each other can help us all to process this.  All of our sister Centers: the Cross-Cultural Center, Black Resource Center, Raza Resource Centro and Women’s Center are open and available as well.

At UC San Diego, students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) http://caps.ucsd.edu, (858) 534-3755, 24 hours a day.  Our faculty and staff struggling to make sense of this have the Faculty and Staff Assistance program available to them as well, with more information accessible at http://blink.ucsd.edu/sponsor/hr/org-chart/fsap.html, (858) 534-5523.  

From the San Diego LGBT Community Center: “In light of this tragic event, the San Diego LGBT community and its allies will gather together at The Center, 3909 Centre St., on Monday, June 13 for the San Diego United: #OrlandoStrong rally.  The doors to The Center will open at 6:30pm, with a short program, followed by a candlelit vigil stopping at the Hillcrest Pride Flag and ending at Rich's nightclub. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us to stand together and unite in support of all those affected by this tragedy.  Please see the attached statement from the Center as well.”

For North County:  “Dear friends and family, today our LGBTQ Center of Oceanside is gathering in support and in solidarity of what has happened in Orlando. If you can come and support please do so. Here it is our statement:  We are devastated by this horrific act of violence. Our hearts break for all the victims and their families and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community in Orlando. Violence will not intimidate us form living our authentic selfs, or prevent us from loving one another. We must come together as a nation to affirm the love that conquers hate. The NC LGBTQ Center will be open provide a safe space to gather from 5-8, with a vigil at 7pm Address: 510 N. Coast Hwy Ste ‪#‎C Oceanside, CA 92056.”

We are stronger together.  Stay connected and in community.  Care for each other deeply.

With deep sadness,

Shaun Travers, Ed.D.
Campus Diversity Officer & Director of the
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center
A Unit of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the
University of California, San Diego

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Continued Community Conversation on Orlando 

Monday, June 27th at 12pm in the LGBT Resource Center

Please join the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center as we continue to hold space for community and conversation regarding the tragedy in Orlando. The UC San Diego LGBT community and our allies are invited to join us on Monday, June 27th at 12 noon. We’ll come together to continue to discuss the impact this tragedy has on our lives, our community, and focus on community care. Feel free to bring your own lunch. We’ll have water, tea and coffee available at the Center.

The Staff of the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade

Saturday, July 16 | Hilcrest, San Diego

Join the LGBT RC in San Diego's 43rd LGBT Pride Parade. This year's SD LGBT Pride theme is "Pride Unites The World." Through our participation in pride we'll engage the community to critically think about this year's theme. Join us in creating awareness about the experiencesof those who continue to be marginalized within the greater LGBT movement across the world. Click  here register to receive more info and to ensure you get a t-shirt. 
Also join us for these two other pride events at the LGBT Resource Center:
-  Ice Cream Social, Weds, July 5th | 12-2p 
-  Pride Work Party, Fri, July 15 | 11-3p

Save-the-date: Q Camp and Q Fair!

Wednesday, September 21st

Q Camp is one of several campus wide orientation programs to welcome and support new students. It is free of charge and open to all UC San Diego students.  Two $500 Welcome Scholarship will be awarded through a random drawing of attendees at the end of Q Camp to new UC San Diego students.  Priority will be given to the first 100 students that register to attend Q Camp. Registration for Q Camp will open later in the summer.  For more information, or to get notified when registration is available, please contact Maribel Gomez at mpgomez@ucsd.edu.

Welcome to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center!

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at UC San Diego provides a visible presence on campus and enhances a sense of connection and community among LGBT faculty, staff, students, alumni and the UC San Diego Community. Let the LGBT Resource Center be your home away from home. We encourage you to get involved by visiting the Center and connecting with members of our community. Subscribing to the Rainbow Newsletter will give you up to date information on queer life at UC San Diego. We encourage you to participate in the student groups, LGBT peer support groups, and the UC San Diego LGBT Staff and Faculty Association.

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Summer Hours of Operation

Beginning June 13, 2016
- Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

For the summer, we will also be closed:June 20
July 4
August 15
August 18

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