Letters of Hope for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
As many of you know, Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was the victim of an attempted assassination outside a grocery store in Tucson, during a "Congress on Your Corner" outreach event.
What you may not know is that Gabrielle is a fellow women's college alumna. In support of Gabrielle and all the victims and family members affected by the national tragedy, Scripps College in California, her alma mater, began a "Letters of Hope" campaign, which asks the community to share their messages of encouragement for Gabrielle's recovery.
President Helen Drinan participated in the campaign and sent a letter to Scripps' president on behalf of the entire Simmons community to offer our thoughts, prayers, and support. She says:
Like others across the country and the world, we at Simmons also are profoundly saddened by the horrible tragedy that occurred in Tucson January 8.
Please know that you have the support of the entire Simmons community, including thousands of our alumnae/i. We too are planning a "Letters of Hope" event for Congresswoman Giffords, along with a day of community service dedicated to her later this spring.
Scripps and Simmons share more than just the common bond of being women's colleges. We also share similar values: commitment to community, transformative learning, and diversity. We see in Congresswoman Giffords our shared values in action, and the capacity to generously use resources for the advancement of humankind.
Please join us to today from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Java City to write your own letter of hope, encouragement, and get well wishes to Gabrielle. The event, Letters of Hope for Gabrielle Giffords, is hosted by Simmons' SGA and co-sponsored by the Class of 2011 and Simmons Hillel. It will include remarks from Political Science Professor Leanne Doherty.
To read President Drinan's letter in its entirety, visit Letters for Gabby.