Reacting to news of the attack at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) released a statement Tuesday expressing its support and denouncing the attack.
“… It has been reported that the shooter may have targeted Pulse nightclub because it was known to be a popular gay club,” the statement reads. “NADOHE wishes to express its support to the families and friends of all of the victims. As an organization, we condemn any act of violence that is directed at people based on sexual orientation or personal identity.”
The attack, which occurred early in the morning on Sunday, June 12, left 50 dead — including the gunman — and 53 injured. As of Tuesday, 27 people remained hospitalized, with six in critical condition.
Authorities say the gunman, Omar Mateen, was Muslim and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
In its statement, NADOHE expressed concern over possible reactions to this knowledge and spoke out against stereotyping the Muslim community.
“There will be those who use this tragedy as an opportunity to overgeneralize about Muslims and Islam,” it reads. “We hope that we can rise above this stereotyping and find peace in the midst of this horrific event.”