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The Lookout | January 21, 2018

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Orlando shooting victims remembered

Orlando shooting victims remembered
The Lookout

LCC students, faculty and staff observed a moment of silence on Monday, June 20 in memory of the victims of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

Dozens of people gathered outside the Gannon Building at noon to pay their respects to the 49 people who died as the result of the shooting.

The vigil was led by Dr. Richard Prystowsky, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at LCC. He referred to shooting in Orlando as a “massacre.”

Franchesca A. Cifuentes Andrade, coordinator of The Centre for Engaged Inclusion at LCC, helped organize the ceremony, as well as four ensuing small group discussions focusing on the tragedy.

“With heavy hearts and a deep sense of sadness, we at Lansing Community College extend our thoughts, prayers, love and condolences to the friends and families currently mourning the loss of the 49 innocent people killed in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday, June 12,” Cifuentes Andrade stated.

“This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which has deeply impacted our LGBTQ community. Despite the fear, there has been an outpouring of support from people around the world that has become both beautiful and healing.”

She said the shooting in Orlando was yet another horrific reminder that everyone must continue to fight for equality, inclusion and justice in schools, communities, workplaces and places of worship.

“At LCC we are actively working to build an equitable and inclusive community through The Center for Engaged Inclusion with the support of groups such as PRISM Alliance – a group led by faculty and staff,” Cifuentes Andrade said.

“(Its) mission is to educate, support and empower employees to establish and maintain a safe and inclusive environment in which all individuals may lead their lives openly and authentically.”

The Centre and PRISM Alliance are hosting several small group discussions during the week of June 20 in room 252.02 of the Gannon Building. Students, employees and community members are welcome to visit The Centre to share words of encouragement or just to be with others as they process what has happened.

The first conversation took place immediately following the June 20 vigil. LCC student Danielle Hook was one of about 20 people who attended the initial talk.

“People spoke about their own experiences of hate,” Hook said. “It was an open community where people could grieve over the Orlando shooting.”

The remaining conversations will take place: Tuesday, June 21 at noon; Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact The Centre for Engaged Inclusion at (517) 483-1616 or email LCC-TheCentre@lcc.edu/

If you would like to support by providing a donation to go to the families of the victims, visit: www.oneorlando.org/ or www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund/

To learn about the stories of the victims, go to: www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/06/us/orlando-attack-victims/

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