The staff of CAPS join in with our students of UNL in expressing how deeply saddened we all are by the events that occurred in Orlando. This was a horrific act of terrorism, but we must not ignore the fact that this was, at the same time, a reprehensible hate crime.
As we struggle to wrap our minds around the loss of so many, we recognize that our students may be struggling as well. With that in mind, we want to remind students that we are available to sit with you and talk about the harsh reality of the shooting.
In this situation, the perpetrator went into a space that people considered safe and sought to take lives because of his hate. His actions can affect the level of safety that any student might feel regardless of their sexual identity, gender identity, religious preference or racial identity.
The nature of the incident may also trigger feelings of anxiety or panic. We want to remind you of the safety of our spaces in CAPS and encourage you to reach out for support should you need it.
We also understand that due to the religious affiliation of the shooter, our Muslim students may be prone to experiences of Islamophobia. We would like them to know that CAPS recognizes this concern and wants to be a support for them as well.
Students may call our office during regular office hours to make an appointment or reach out to us in the evenings, if they are in crisis. The CAPS number is: (402) 472-7450.
CAPS staff members want you to know that we are committed to our students care and safety. With that in mind, we seek to be a safe space where students can talk about fears, sadness, or concerns about discrimination/harassment. We encourage you to talk to us, we can help.
Our hearts and minds are with the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. It is our deepest hope that we can all choose love and acceptance instead of fear and hate. We stand as an ally to anyone who is being judged or persecuted for their sexual orientation, gender expression or racial identity.