As we take time to absorb and reflect on the tragic mass shooting that took place in Buffalo, NY this past Saturday, we want to express our deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences to the families, friends, and communities of the victims. We also condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the apparent detestable motivation for the shootings.
We were heartbroken to learn that the gunman, a former student of our community, entered an east Buffalo supermarket with the specific intent of killing innocent people of color.
Ten souls were lost and three were injured in an act of pure violence and hatred. We at SUNY Broome wish to stress that we stand firmly united against hate and intolerance in all forms. We are an institution that proudly champions understanding and celebrates all the positive impacts that diversity brings to our community.
This week, as we remember the victims and their loved ones, let us work to counter this horrific event by sharing kindness, compassion, and respect for one another in all we say and do.
For members of our campus community who may be in need of someone to talk to, or are seeking support to process the events of this past Saturday, please visit www.sunybroome.edu for a list of resources and contacts.
Counseling Services is also available to SUNY Broome students in the Science Building room 102, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students off campus may call 607-778-5210 to speak with a counselor. SUNY Broome counselors are available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with after-hours phone coverage available after 5 p.m.
For faculty and staff, Employee Assistance Program staff are available to provide support; they can be reached at (800) 327-2255.
With deepest caring and sympathy for our fellow New Yorkers in Buffalo,
Dr. Kevin E. Drumm
President of SUNY Broome