Letter from Former President Jenkins-Scott Regarding Tragedy in Orlando


During the final days of her leadership, President Jackie Jenkins-Scott reached out to the Wheelock Community regarding the tragic shooting in Orlando, which targeted the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities:

Dear Wheelock Community,

It is with great sadness that I reach out to our community to offer our thoughts and prayers to victims and families of today’s tragic shooting in Orlando. Wheelock College grieves the brutal murder of over 50 victims motivated by the hatred of one individual. This event, its historic loss of life and the senseless motivation to strike out at diversity is another act of violence that all of us have had to painfully experience with considerable frequency. What appears to be a singular attack that targets our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is to ignore the very ethic of our country.

I ask each of us to reach out to the Orlando community and to each other in our Wheelock community in solidarity for the victims and their families. We are a place that embraces our individual rights and seek to consider what can unite us and seek greater understanding, rather than give celebrity to those who’s violent acts divide us and cause great harm.

President Obama reminded us of our strength and dignity amidst grave world events this morning. He also spoke of our influence in an election year as it relates to gun control and cited countless incidents of violence that we could potentially influence going forward.  President Obama often quotes Dr. Martin Luther King’s statement that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Now is the time for each of us to demonstrate the truth of this statement, not by our words but by our actions. We can do something about guns, especially keeping guns from dangerous people. It’s time for all of us to take action to protect our communities. I urge you to join this call by advocating on behalf of sensible gun control.

Our College Commitment to diversity states:

“We at Wheelock College are committed to creating, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity that values the uniqueness of every individual and actively promotes social justice.”

“We believe the collective sum of the individual differences contributes to building diverse communities that impact scholarship, practice, and policy in service of children and families globally.”

We stand by this commitment in the face of these injustices and I ask all of you to keep those impacted by this tragedy in your heart.


Jackie Jenkins-Scott