We, the Lebanon Valley College Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, associates, and communities of the ten victims who lost their lives during the weekend of May 15, 2022, at a Tops Supermarket in the city of Buffalo. We are also lifting healing thoughts and wishes to all those who were physically injured and have been traumatized by the mass shooting.
Our hearts are doubly pierced with grief as we also extend condolences and healing thoughts and wishes to Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods, Calif., where one victim was killed and five people were injured due to an act motivated by hate.
The pattern of such toxic behaviors throughout our society illumines the fact that racism is real. Racism permeates with tentacles of hate and creates a tunnel of darkness designed to distract our society from the truth that no matter the activity of our melanin, we are all members of humanity.
It is the quote from Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences,” that fuels my passion to intentionally cultivate a campus climate characterized by social justice, expansive excellence, compassion, and belonging.
If you are grieving and/or traumatized by this event, please know you are not alone:
- Students Contact: LVC Counseling Center
Counseling Services for Students
Bishop Library, 2nd Floor
- Counseling Services for Employees Contact: 1-800-527-2322 and identify yourself as an LVC employee.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Institutional Success facilitates campus-wide programming and training for students, faculty, staff, and administrators focused on increasing diversity, promoting equity, and advocating social justice.