Our community stands in solidarity
Dear Appalachian Community:
Our hearts and thoughts go out to those touched by the tragic shooting in Orlando this weekend. Our community mourns for those lost and we stand in solidarity with the families, the city of Orlando and the LGBTQ community to declare that hate will not win. While there is much strength found in the power of community to face tragedy, I encourage each of us to seek out the support needed to deal with such loss and grief.
- The Henderson-Springs LGBT Center in the Plemmons Student Union is open and there as a resource for support. You can find out more about the center and how to reach them here.
- Counseling and support are available to our students, as well as our faculty and staff, and I encourage you to take advantage of these resources.
- It is important for everyone to be aware that the Counseling Center offers resources specifically for students to help support other students. I encourage you to visit this website and become familiar with the information provided.
- The Counseling Center also offers information for parents and families in addition to the many other resources available on their website.
- The Rich Mountain Room (302 Plemmons Student Union) will remain unlocked and available as a prayer and meditation room for members of the Appalachian Community.
- Always feel free to contact the Dean of Students Office at 828-262-8284 if you need additional resources or are not sure who to call for help.
Appalachian is a strong and caring community and during this difficult time we rely on each other for support and solace. Tonight at 6pm, a program of remembrance will be held in the Solarium in the Student Union, with brief remarks at 6:30. Members of the public are invited to attend.
Sheri N. Everts