Our hearts are with the people of Buffalo, and particularly with the families and friends of the 10 people killed and those who were injured in yet another hate-driven act of violence. News reporting indicates clear racist motivation behind the attack, ideology we condemn in the strongest possible terms. We join with those across the U.S. who are struggling, saddened and angry at such violent actions fueled by hate.

In Pittsburgh, memories are still fresh from the Tree of Life shooting in 2018, a hate crime that shattered a community that then rallied under the call of Pittsburgh Strong. As we pray for those left to move on from this horrific act, we also know Buffalo will emerge stronger.

Our collective strength must be used to address, with even more vigor, the hatred and bigotry that fuel terrible acts like the one that occurred this Saturday. At Duquesne, we are committed to an inclusive community that values everyone and to the deep reflection, learning and healing required not just to prevent violence but to continue to pursue equitable ways to create opportunity for everyone.

For those on our campus and throughout our community, please know that resources are here for you, should you need them, through our Center for Health and Wellness, through the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion, and other offices. Even if you already have left for the summer, please know you may reach out for such services.

The Spiritans are planning a Mass of the victims of the tragic violence in Buffalo. As details emerge, these will be shared.

Our work to serve God by serving students, so that they may in turn serve others, is most important at times like this, when we can help illuminate the importance of acceptance, kindness, and peace.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,000 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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May 16, 2022