UNT expresses condolences for all those affected by this week's tragedies

July 8, 2016

Dear UNT community members,

This is a tragic day for the entire North Texas region. The violent events of the past few days have given our country good reason to reflect on race and prejudice. We want to offer our heartfelt sympathy to the families and colleagues of the five police officers killed and seven wounded here. We also offer our condolences to all of those who have been affected by violent encounters this week.

Today at noon the UNT Office of Spiritual Life is hosting a “moment of reflection” in light of all the events this week. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together to mourn and reflect on how our collective diversity unites us. The event will be held at the Shrader Pavilion. Although many of our students are home for the summer, I ask that you please help support each other during this sad time.   

The meditation room in the University Union is open for student use during Union hours and The Goolsby Chapel will be open until 5 p.m. If you find it beneficial, please take advantage of the resources we offer. Free counseling is available to students through the Counseling and Testing center. On-call counselors can be reached today via 940-565-2741. UNT employees can receive counseling through the university’s Employee Assistance Program, which can be reached by calling 800-343-3822.

Tonight, the UNT Black Student Union will be hosting a vigil for unity at 7 p.m. at the Library Mall near the pavilion. The divisions of Student Affairs and Equity and Diversity, as well as UNT Police, will all have representatives speaking at the event.

Sincerely,

Neal Smatresk
President