UCCS offers resources after Club Q shooting

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is offering resources and events to support the campus community in the aftermath of a deadly nightclub shooting Saturday night.

The shooting left five dead and 18 others injured at Club Q, three miles east of the UCCS campus. In an email statement Sunday, administrators said they do not know if any victims are part of the UCCS community.

UCCS is hosting a Community Support and Healing Circle in University Center 303 from noon-1 p.m. Monday. An email announcement says the event will “create a space for the community to gather in solidarity to heal and mourn.”

MOSAIC is hosting a card- and poster-making event to care for those harmed by yesterday’s acts of violence. This will be in MOSAIC from 2-5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday.

UCCS College Democrats have coordinated a candlelight vigil for 5 p.m. Monday on campus at the mountain lion statue. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles.

Counselors will be available at the Wellness Center on Monday and Tuesday. Students can set up an appointment by calling 719-255-4444. Students can also connect their struggling friends or peers with the CARE Team, which offers outreach assistance and targeted support to students.

Faculty and staff can contact the Real Help Hotline for support at 833-533-2428.

“After the tragic and devastating event on the LGBTQIA+ community last night at Club Q on Academy Blvd., we are mourning the loss of five loved ones and our thoughts are with the many who were injured,” the university wrote in an email statement Sunday.

“We are also mourning this act of violence on Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. These acts of violence are senseless and disturbing and during times like this, we must come together as a community and care for one another.”

Flowers, candles and stuffed animals are left at a growing memorial near Club Q in Colorado Springs. Photo by Kate Marlett /The Scribe.