Dear Fielding Community members,
It is with shock and deep sadness that we send this message to you regarding the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which took the lives of many 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. This atrocity occurred just hours before a scheduled event memorializing the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event that commemorates the individuals lost to anti-transgender violence — particularly those who are most vulnerable to this form of violence: BIPOC transgender women and femmes.
As this tragedy continues to unfold, we are reminded of the 2016 shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida, at the Pulse nightclub in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. These experiences are real, and they speak to a dangerous undercurrent in our society and in our discourse in which we seek to degrade the humanity of people within our community. Sadly, these events are not isolated incidences — the Human Rights Campaign has documented that in 2022 alone, we have witnessed an epidemic of violence against transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
The Fielding community stands in solidarity with all who have been impacted by these events, and we grieve with our family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Such attacks on the heart of our community are abhorrent and senseless. As we come together in support of one another, let us be reminded that it is through our unity, oneness of spirit, and faith in humanity to love that we will overcome these violent and unlawful actions on the part of others.
In support of our 2SLGBTQ+ community, we will be hosting a time for the Fielding community to come together and process their feelings and find some solace in a supportive environment on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. PST | 1 p.m. EST. This event does not require pre-registration.
As further information regarding this recent event unfolds, please be reminded that if you are in need of support during this difficult time that Fielding’s Office of Student Support may be of assistance in directing you to some resources.
Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D.
Allison Davis-White Eyes, Ph.D.
VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion