As the enormity of the horrifying attack in Orlando is becoming clear, I join those across the country responding with a sense of profound shock and condemnation for this senseless act of terror and hatred.
Events such as these challenge our sense of safety in going about everyday life, and can foster a response of fear or blame. However, our best response, especially in the face of an attack whose aim was to divide, is to support and understand one another. I want to remind all Pitt faculty and staff members and students that resources are available to support you if you feel the need.
My deepest personal sympathies and my thoughts go out to all who are affected by this tragic act of violence and destruction, and especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community who were so directly victimized by this attack.