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Dear Marquette family,

When we awoke Sunday morning to the news of the mass shooting at an Orlando night club, I imagine our reactions were similar: shock, disbelief, sadness, even rage. Events like these have a profound effect on our national and local communities, and Marquette University is certainly no exception.

So, I want to take a moment to remind us all that we are a family — a community of unique individuals bound together in support of one another. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, we have a special responsibility to include and to love each other, both here on our campus and throughout the world. We should embrace our differences, not belittle them. We mustn’t use them to distance ourselves, nor allow them to be an excuse to harm others through words or deeds.

When a culture decries and discriminates against individuals within the LGBTQ community, it fuels hate — the kind of hate that can have disastrous results. We, the Marquette community, will not tolerate hate. We will stand up with our LGBTQ community. We will walk side by side with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We will remember that WE are Marquette, in the largest sense of “we.”

Take care of each other and yourselves. Use the support services offered by the LGBTQ Resource Center, Campus Ministry and the Counseling Center.

St. Francis’ Peace Prayer, which we posted online and shared in social media Sunday morning, reads, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love.” To all of you, I ask that you be an instrument of peace.

I invite you to join me at an interfaith prayer for healing and peace on Tuesday, June 21, at noon in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

Thank you for making Marquette University a place of peace.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Daniel J. Myers

Marquette University

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