Read the statement below from UFF-UCF President Scott Launier on the 6/12 tragedy at the Pulse nightclub.
As president of the United Faculty of Florida at UCF, I wish to express my condolences to all UCF faculty, staff and students, all of our union friends, affiliates and partners, and everyone in the Central Florida community and beyond who have been affected by the tragedy at The Pulse nightclub. As a regular frequenter of downtown venues, I am awed and in shock. As a compassionate teacher and union member, I am devastated and at the same time firmly resolved to move forward and continue our work to be a positive influence in this world.
Our position as the UCF faculty union has always been to value equality, democracy and peace and to fight against social injustice, discrimination and intolerance.
Our mission is to protect and support our academic professions. But our vision is to be an organization with significant influence in our community, increasing our ability to improve faculty working conditions and the quality of education we provide our students.
Now more than ever, it is clear that our initiative to build connections with the broader UCF and Central Florida communities is meaningful work. My heart and thoughts are with our many partner and affiliate organizations who are aggressively working to promote peace, understanding and social justice. Among them are Jobs with Justice, Organize Now, CAIR, and Equality Florida.
We will continue to work to be influential on our campus and in our Central Florida community to promote peace, denounce violence, challenge hate, and celebrate love, respect, individuality, and equality.
Now is a time for mourning and providing comfort. Soon will be the time to get back to work to fight ignorance, intolerance and injustice.
With love, and in solidarity,