Community Vigil to Honor Those Affected by Bus Accident

A message from North Seattle College President Dr. Warren Brown on honoring the students whose lives were lost in the Aurora Bridge accident as well as to support those who were injured:

To honor the five students we lost and to support the students and staff still recovering from their injuries following the Aurora Bridge accident, North Seattle College and Student Leadership invite you to a vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The vigil will be held in the North Seattle College courtyard and is open to the community. 

The following day, Thursday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the college will have a private campus-wide forum for students and employees of North Seattle College to come together, speak openly and share in a moment of silence at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Student Leadership also has a table in the campus courtyard where employees and students can write notes to those affected by this tragedy. The table will be up all week and the college will work to get your cards and notes to the injured students and staff and their families.

Because of the outpouring of support and requests to make financial contributions that can directly assist the students and staff in need, the college has set up a fund through the Seattle Colleges’ Foundation. To make a financial contribution to this fund, please visit

This link can also be found on the North Seattle College and Seattle Colleges websites. All proceeds will go directly toward helping the students and staff involved in the accident.

To honor the five international students who died in this tragedy, Chancellor Jill Wakefield has requested that all of the Seattle Colleges fly their flags (U.S. and State) at half-staff for the next week, ending on Friday, Oct. 2.

The college's sole priority continues to be ensuring that you and anyone affected by this tragedy has the support you need. As a reminder, we will have two support centers on campus this week.

Campus Support Center 
(location removed to ensure privacy for students and employees)
Monday-Tuesday (and longer as needed)
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Families, students and staff directly affected by the accident will have access to counseling services and faith-based professionals at this center. 

Communal Gathering Opportunities 
(location removed to ensure privacy for students and employees)
10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30-5 p.m. 
The space will provide the general campus community an opportunity to meet with counselors, speak with representatives of the Employee Assistance Program and have community fellowship with campus peers and students.

You will also see therapy dogs on campus throughout the week.

Thank you again for all that you have done. There are no words to express the depth of pain we all feel, but I am incredibly proud of this campus and how we have pulled together as a community.

We will continue to move forward, together, as one community united and supportive of all those affected.



Warren J. Brown, Ed.D.
President, North Seattle College

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Posted on: September 28th, 2015 at 18:16:45

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