Buffalo Supermarket Mass Shooting

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Statement from the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Unit Diversity Officers

Dear University Community,

It is with immense sorrow that we write to you about the horrific racial violence that took place on Saturday at Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue, the heart of a predominately Black community in Buffalo. We grieve the 10 people whose lives were lost, as well as the injured, the traumatized, and the families and friends left mourning. We share your sadness and anger at the tragedy that has shocked our city. Together – as a university, as a city, as a community – we lament the lives both lost and harmed.

As a community, we must come together to offer comfort and support. To our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the UB community, you are not alone. Below you will find statements of solidarity from across the university; resources for anyone at UB in need of help to process the trauma, pain, grief and fear that they may be feeling; and ways to assist the Buffalo community.

The UB and Buffalo communities will rise from this tragedy united in the battle against the ideologies of racism and white supremacy that have for too long plagued the United States and the world. As a scholarly community, we have the power and the duty to confront ideas rooted in hatred. We will remain diligent in our work to promote compassion, respect and racial justice.

In solidarity,

Despina Stratigakos
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

UB Unit Diversity Officers: Thikriat Al-Jewair, Dental Medicine; Rajan Batta, Engineering and Applied Sciences; Luis Chiesa, Law; Luis Colon, Arts and Sciences; Kalpesh Desai, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Margarita Dubocovich, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Kesha Foster, Student Life; Amy Hequembourg, Nursing; Jacqueline Hollins; Academic Affairs; Theresa McCarthy, Arts and Sciences; Heather Orom, Public Health and Health Professions; Raechele Pope, Graduate School of Education; Samina Raja, Architecture and Planning; Marcene Robinson, University Communications; Mary Ann Rogers, Management; Letitia Thomas, Engineering and Applied Sciences; Hilary Weaver, Social Work

Statements from Around the University

Resources

Events

Donation Drive

Date & Time: May 23 - June 10 during business hours

Intended Audience: Open to All

Locations

  • South Campus: 122 Parker Hall; Biomed Education Building Atrium
  • North Campus: 501 Capen Hall; 410 Bonner Hall
  • Downtown Campus: Near the guard station on the first floor via the Washington Street Entrance

Donation drive for our Buffalo neighbors who were impacted by the May 14, 2022, mass shooting. Donations will be taken to Feed Buffalo, and can include:

  • Requested personal care supplies: shampoo and conditioner; soap; body wash; lotion; toothbrushes and toothpaste; mouthwash; deodorant; pads and tampons; Band-Aids; hand sanitizer; diapers and wipes
  • Requested home care supplies: paper towels; toilet paper laundry detergent; dish soap; cleaning supplies.
  • Requested non-perishable food supplies: ground coffee, canned or dry beans; canned fruits and canned vegetables; shelf stable milk and milk substitutes; unsweetened apple sauce; olive or canola oil; chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.

Sponsored by UB Office of Community Relations

The Mass Shooting at Tops: A Community Conversation

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students, Faculty, and Staff 

Words are wholly inadequate every time an incident of racial violence occurs. This time the violence struck our community on May 14 when there was a mass shooting at Tops Market in Buffalo. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, UB Counselig Services is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. In response to the mass shooting at the Tops grocery store, we will be hosting a virtual drop-in community conversation that will focus on recognizing and coping with racialized trauma. This gathering will be facilitated by Carissa Uschold-Klepfer and Andrea Obah and it will provide an opportunity for the UB community to share how they have been emotionally and psychologically impacted, ways to identify peaceful action, inclusivity, coping and support will be discussed. Click here to join the conversation or visit the UB Events Calendar for more information. 

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services 

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