Dear Gator community,
Today marks the second anniversary of the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 innocent people, most of whom were members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.
Also this month, our nation celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month to recognize and honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
As we join in this celebration, I am reminded of the importance of reaffirming our love and support for everyone at UF, including the LGBTQ+ community. Our university strives to draw strength from people’s differences, advocates for equity, respect, and care, and cheers on each other in reaching our goals and dreams. We vow to continue efforts to make this learning environment inclusive and welcoming, while acknowledging that we have work to do.
UF lit Century Tower with the rainbow colors following the Pulse shootings to pay homage to the beautiful lives lost. Throughout this month, I encourage you to join me in celebrating the diversity embodied by these colors with warmth and care for everyone, particularly your LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
To honor and remember those who were lost in the Pulse shooting, UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs will display the victims’ photos and names in the Reitz Union today through July 12th.