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UC San Diego Statement: Recent Acts of Violence

The past two weekends have been full of sorrow with three horrific shootings taking place in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas as well as closer to home, in Gilroy, California. We are heartbroken over these senseless shootings that have terrorized our communities and country, claimed innocent lives, left many people injured, and eroded our collective sense of peace and safety. To the families, loved ones and friends of all those affected by these terrible tragedies we extend our deepest sympathies.

While authorities continue to investigate the motives behind these acts, there is strong evidence that at least one of the mass shootings was motivated by hate. We condemn all acts of violence directed at others because of their identity, ethnicity, race, religion or beliefs. These acts should have no place in our communities or our nation. As we move forward, let us unite in acknowledgement of our shared humanity and as proactive citizens. Together, we can make our voices heard and advocate for a future where terrorism, violence and hatred are eradicated.

These events are unsettling for all, but know that the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff is always our highest priority. UC San Diego offers many services to support you during this difficult time. Resources available on campus include Counseling and Psychological Services, (858) 534-3755; the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, (858) 534-5523; the dean of the Graduate Division; and the deans of Student Affairs at the undergraduate colleges. In addition, for those feeling overwhelmed, here are tips for managing distress from the American Psychological Association.

Paul Yu, Ph.D.
Interim Dean – Graduate Division

Diane LeGree, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Affairs – Sixth College

Amber Vlasnik, Ph.D.
Acting Dean of Student Affairs – Thurgood Marshall College

Jason Thibodeaux
Dean of Student Affairs – John Muir College

Sherry Mallory, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Affairs – Revelle College

Kafele Khalfani, Ed.D.
Dean of Student Affairs – Warren College

Patricia Scott
Dean of Student Affairs – Eleanor Roosevelt College

On behalf of our UC San Diego community, we extend our sincere condolences.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Alysson M. Satterlund
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Nancy E. Resnick
Chief Human Resources Officer

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