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How Should Organizations Respond to Tragedy?

After Orlando Nightclub Attack, SIOP Experts Discuss Diversity and Workplace Violence

By Stephany Below, Communications Manager

In the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001, the recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub highlighted important concerns surrounding terrorism.

The fact that the shooter specifically targeted a gay nightclub during Latino night adds LGBT and diversity issues into the ever-complicated issue—and leaves many organizations wondering how, if at all, they should respond.

On June 12, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The attack has been considered a hate crime, as Mateen, a 29-year-old American security guard, is thought to have targeted the club due to his anti-LGBT stance.  It was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history. Pulse was also hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Hispanic. After a three-hour standoff, Mateen was shot and killed by Orlando police, ending his rampage. However, the horror has not necessarily ended for those who were victimized or those who were called to helped end the attack....Read more


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