Miami Dade College Rallies in Support of Orlando Shooting Victims and their Families

Freedom Tower lighting, vigils and speakers planned at several MDC campuses throughout the week

MIAMI, June 14, 2016 – Miami Dade College (MDC) students, faculty and staff stand united in solidarity with the LGBT community and the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando Sunday morning. Various MDC campuses have planned candlelight vigils and memorial activities taking place this week. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Gregg Pizzi, a licensed psychologist with extensive experience working with the LGBT community, will lead a discussion on the tragic events that took place on Sunday, at noon on Wednesday, June 15, at the InterAmerican Campus, located at 627 S.W. 27 Ave., Room 3103.

There will be memorial with students at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave. in the Building 1 Breezeway. The campus’ Science Complex will be illuminated in pride colors and balloons placed throughout with names of the 49 who were murdered. The North Campus will also host a blood drive for the survivors of the shooting the entire week.

There will be a remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104. St., in Building 2 Breezeway.

MDC will also illuminate its historic Freedom Tower at the Wolfson Campus, the community’s symbol of liberty and hope, in pride colors Thursday, June 16, at sundown (approximately 8 p.m.). The lighting is presented in collaboration with SAVE, South Florida’s leading organization dedicated to protecting LGBT persons against discrimination. The Freedom Tower lighting will be preceded by a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m.  SAVE Dade Executive Director Tony Lima and Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez will deliver remarks. Wolfson Campus students will read the names of the 49 victims killed; Wolfson Campus students and alumni will perform “Will I” from the musical Rent. MDC’s Freedom Tower is located at 600 Biscayne Blvd.