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A Message Following the Tragic Shootings in California

Dear members of the Emerson community,

In recent days mass shootings have caused the death of innocent people in Monterey Park, California, and most recently, Half Moon Bay, California. We acknowledge also that many of those killed identify as Asian and Asian American, and are especially saddened that these tragic events coincide with Lunar New Year celebrations.

We mourn alongside the families and friends of the victims in these communities and all those who lost their lives or were injured. This message is a reminder that we all deserve to be who we are, and to feel safe in our identities and our communities.

While the motives are still being uncovered, we know we must urgently find a way to address the gun violence that permeates U.S. society and affects us all. 

The College will be offering support to our community in the coming days and weeks. The Center for Spiritual Life will host a drop-in hour for conversations and support this evening between 8:00-9:00 pm in the Reflection Room (172 Tremont Street, Room 408). In addition, if you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, there are several resources on campus available to students, staff, and faculty including the Healing & Advocacy Collective, the Office of Spiritual Life, the Employee Assistance Program, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of International Student Affairs. Students in Los Angeles can contact ela_reslife@emerson.edu for local support. Students at Kasteel Well can contact osa_castle@emerson.edu.

Violent incidents like these can shatter our sense of hope, our sense of safety, and our sense of connection to community. Let us be gentle with one another as we grieve. 

Sincerely on behalf of Emerson leadership,
Shaya Gregory Poku
Vice President for Equity & Social Justice

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