The horrific mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday evening has affected many people worldwide and close to home, including those in the Riverside Community College District. It is with a heavy heart that I share that Angie Gomez, an RCC student and Riverside Poly High School graduate, was one of the victims.
Tomorrow, October 4, I ask that everyone start their day with a moment of silence in honor of those who died in the Las Vegas shooting. Tomorrow evening, at 7 pm in Landis Auditorium, there will be a vigil for Angie. The vigil is open to public. In addition, the College and District will be lowering its flags this week to half-mast in honor of Angie and others who perished in this senseless act of violence.
I encourage you to continue to be supportive of our students and of one another, as I have heard of other students, faculty and staff being impacted by this tragedy.
While each of us may be affected differently by events such as this, I remind you that professional support is available through the Employee Assistance Program. Contact the Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations for more information. Also, share with students that there are services available to them through the Student Health and Psychological Services at the colleges.
As our thoughts and concerns go out to the families, please remember to continue to be vigilant, as the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
Michael L. Burke, Ph.D.