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.