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A statement regarding the acts of hatred and terror in Charlottesville:

To our friends in the Charlottesville community and beyond,

We, the Society of Hispanic of Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the University of Virginia, are appalled by the acts of hate and terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville this weekend.  The events that occurred are deplorable and inexcusable.  Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Heather Heyer, who valiantly died fighting against hatred, and Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, who died protecting our ability to safely protest.  We would like to give our support to those who were injured, including a brave friend of ours in the Latinx Community.

Moving forward, we would like to stand in solidarity with our friends in all minority communities, especially incoming first years and transfer students.  You will always be welcomed with open arms at SHPE, and no one can truthfully tell you that you do not belong at UVA or this country.  As a professional engineering society, we understand that diversity leads to greatness.  These events have motivated us to work even harder to empower the Hispanic community into STEM and other professional fields, as, such as was stated by Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon”.  With each minority student that enters engineering and higher education, we are breaking down the barriers white supremacists are fighting to uphold.

We are saddened to say that this is not the end of the battle Charlottesville will face against “alt-right” bigots.  Charlottesville has become a target for such groups, and they will certainly be back.  We urge our friends and members to maintain an extra level of caution as they go into the school year, but never stop fighting against intolerance.

In solidarity,

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the University of Virginia

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Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, September 5th from 6-7 pm in MECH 205.


 Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions. 

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