A Memo About Transgender Day of Remembrance

We want to take a moment to recognize and honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, which occurred over the weekend this Sunday, November 20. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance thattransgender day of remembrance honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

This is unfortunately painfully relevant given the recent events that occurred in at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, where five innocent people were killed and many others injured. We commend the bravery of those patrons who were able to confront and stop the shooter at the scene and send our positive energy and healing wishes to all those affected.

At SMCC, we pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution, which more than anything means as a community we come together to unequivocally support all members of our community and beyond. No matter your race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, economic background, gender, age, or other identities, we are here to support you.

One of our core values is providing respect to others and honoring diverse viewpoints while challenging each other to do the right thing. If you ever see a situation where something feels wrong or unjust we encourage you to say something, whether it’s in the moment or to a trusted member of the community who may be able to assist. By rallying around each other and providing a culture of inclusiveness we create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.

We want to remind you of the resources available to you in the event you need support processing the recent events from this weekend or other problems or concerns. We offer both individual counseling and crisis counseling through Sweetser. You can set up an appointment by calling the Sweetser Access Line at 1-800-434-3000. SMCC also offers numerous clubs and organizations for students to connect and engage with their peers and make a difference in the community. Students can learn about available opportunities by contacting Student Activities at 207-741-5544 or by downloading the SMCC student app at