We extend our condolences to the families of the victims gunned down in a racially motivated mass murder at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY. This heinous act of violence was fueled by an ideology of hatred intended to instill fear and divide us. UNCG stands in solidarity with the people of Buffalo and condemns this and the escalating series of hate crimes perpetrated in small towns and large cities across this country.
In a time when so many of us have experienced loss, and after we have raised our voices against such acts of violence there is a weary sadness about what has happened this past weekend in Buffalo and Laguna. We, as a university, remain resolved in our commitment to further establish an inclusive climate and equity, within our diverse local and campus community. This work is hard, but it is essential and all of our responsibility.
We know that these senseless acts of terror take an emotional toll on all of us, especially Black and Brown students and colleagues. For those who may be feeling anxious, or overwhelmed, please know that you are not alone. UNCG’s Counseling Center as well as ComPsych, the University’s Employee Assistance Program, stand ready to aid those in need. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask for assistance.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Jerry D. Blakemore
Vice Chancellor of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
Donna R. Heath
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services
Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate
Director of Athletics
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Terri L. Shelton
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
Chief of Staff