Unity, Not Silence, Is the Best Response to Hate

Words can seem hollow in light of what we’ve seen this past week: the deadly shootings in a Pittsburgh synagogue and Kentucky grocery store and explosives sent in the mail.

But remaining silent in the face of this violence isn’t the answer.

Times like these demand that we live up to our shared values.

At UCF, we strive toward the UCF Creed, which calls for us to “promote an open and supportive campus environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual.”

We find common ground in our civility, respect and decency to build a better world together. And we take care of each other so that everyone can bring their best selves to class or work.

If you are a student impacted by these horrible events, UCF Counseling and Psychological Services is here to help by calling 407-823-2811. Faculty and staff members can receive support through UCF’s Employee Assistance Program.

In terms of safety, the UCF Police Department is one of the best law enforcement agencies in the nation. At UCF, we know that “See Something, Say Something” is more than a campaign phrase.

No call is too small, and it’s imperative to report suspicious activity. UCF Police can be reached 24/7 by calling 911 in an emergency or 407-823-5555 for non-emergencies.

As Knights, I know we will stand together in our differences. I urge you to join me in living the values that make UCF a welcoming community and a national model for inclusion.

In doing so, we will play a part in helping salve the wounds that are causing so much pain for so many right now.