1. Statement from President Schlissel and Provost Philbert on bombings in Sri Lanka

    April 23, 2019

    The sheer immensity of the tragic attacks in Sri Lanka is staggering and heartbreaking, with hundreds of people killed and many more individuals and communities devastated by such unconscionable acts of terror. Among the places targeted in the Easter Sunday bombings were Christian places of worship.

    With great sadness, we offer our sympathies to everyone affected, here at the University of Michigan and around the world. Attacks motivated by hate are attacks against humanity and the values that bring us all together for peace and understanding.

    Our International Center and Dean of Students Office have reached out to our students from Sri Lanka to extend support. We also want to remind everyone that our campus offers resources to all students through CAPS, the university’s counseling and psychological services at 734-764-8312. Faculty and staff can receive support through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office at 734-936-8660. Michigan Medicine faculty and staff can access resources through Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience at 734-763-5409.

    We also thank everyone who has reached out to provide support within our community. While our grief and horror grow with every new report of this sickening violence, I hope we can find some measure of comfort in our willingness to join together against all forms of hate.

    Mark S. Schlissel

    Martin A. Philbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs