Statement from Stockton President Harvey Kesselman on the Tragedy in Orlando

Words of condolence are not strong enough to express the horror and outrage over the shootings and loss of life in Orlando this past weekend. This was a hate crime in its most direct form and, sadly, such acts have become too commonplace in both the United States and the world. On a personal level, each of us mourns with the families and friends of those tragically murdered and injured. Yet we cannot stop there. We must work tirelessly – together - as educators, citizens, and students to make our voices heard, keep our values strong, and demonstrate solidarity, acceptance and understanding in the face of bigotry, hatred and senseless acts of brutality.

In this regard, there are two vigils scheduled in our community.  On June 18, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore will host a vigil at the Unitarian Universalist Center on 75 S Pomona Rd, Galloway, New Jersey 08215. On June 20 at 5 p.m., The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance will host an ocean wreath ceremony and vigil, featuring Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, at the beach outside of the Tropicana Casino. There will be free parking for this vigil, courtesy of the Tropicana.
The staff of the Offices of the Dean of Students and the Wellness Center offer support to students, faculty and staff.  We encourage you to speak with a grief counselor by contacting the Counseling Center at 609.652.4722. The Center has regular hours in J-204, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. For counseling assistance at other times, please call 609.515.6885 or 609.226.7265.
As a University, we place the safety of our community as paramount. Our comprehensive emergency preparedness website, is designed to share pertinent information in the event of an emergency.
My heart and mind are with all of you during this most difficult time.