Support After Orlando

Sunday, June 12, 2016

We are deeply saddened by the horrific attack at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub in Florida. Our hearts are with Columbia students, faculty and staff who have connections to the surrounding area and with everyone affected by this tragedy nationally. See more from Columbia's remembrance and show of solidarity here.

For Columbia students seeking mental health support, professional counselors are available on the MorningsideCUMC and Barnard campuses (follow telephone prompts to reach practitioners after business hours). In addition, pastoral counseling and faith-based support are offered by the Office of the University Chaplain, with on-call chaplains available. 

  • A silent memorial service for Orlando is ongoing from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in St. Paul's Chapel through Friday, June 17. 
  • The facade of Low Library will be illuminated in LGBTQ+ rainbow colors beginning Tuesday, June 14.
  • The Columbia University community will gather for a remembrance event, reading of names, and show of solidarity, Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. on Low Plaza. Professional counselors will be available for Columbia students in need of support.

Columbia University's Department of Public Safety offers important safety information for the University community, which you can find here. As a reminder, if you are ever uncertain of your wellbeing or a condition on campus, contact Public Safety 24/7/365 at 4-5555 or (212) 854-5555.

We will provide referrals and meeting times for Columbia-based LGBTQ and other groups as they become available; please email universitylife@columbia.edu if you would like to share a vigil or meeting.

President Obama delivered this statement Sunday, expressing heartbreak and support for the LGBTQ community and reinforcing the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. 

Love and Light for Orlando, 6/15 at 6pm Low Plaza