University of Toronto statement on Orlando shooting

Monday, June 13, 2016

The University of Toronto community has reacted with horror and grief at the news of the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all those who are mourning the loss of family and friends, and those who have been injured in this immense tragedy.

Our thoughts are also with our LGBTQ community here at U of T and with the greater community across Canada and around the world.

This institution believes, unreservedly and without exception, that targeting individuals or groups based on their religion, ethnic or cultural heritage, country of origin, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other identity is reprehensible and intolerable. We reaffirm our commitment to be a safe and welcoming place for the widest breadth of communities and we stand with our LGBTQ colleagues – faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends – in the wake of this despicable event.

There has been a strong outpouring of support across our three campuses. Plans are underway for a vigil in support of the LGBTQ community with leadership from individuals and groups being joined by the Multi-Faith Centre, the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, and the Equity and Diversity Offices at UTM and UTSC.

As always, we encourage anyone in need of personal support, including counseling or chaplaincy services, to take advantage of our local resources. Students can visit their campus student services websites for information (St. George Campus, U of T Scarborough, U of T Mississauga, Campus Chaplains Association).

For staff and faculty, free and confidential counseling is available through the University’s Employee Assistance Program.

It remains a great privilege to serve this remarkable institution in all of its diversity and vibrancy.

Professor Meric Gertler, President
Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity

Statement on the Events in Orlando