We have viewed with horror and sadness news reports following the sickening shootings at two mosques in New Zealand where dozens of innocent lives were taken. On behalf of the University of Michigan Family, I extend my sympathies to all affected by this tragedy and share my disgust that places of worship were again targeted in the name of terror and hate.
The University of Michigan community is proud to be home to students from New Zealand and many more students, faculty and staff of the Islamic faith. Already we are seeing our community come together to mourn this tragedy and offer support, including a vigil scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. on our Diag. Attacks of this magnitude reverberate and cause hurt throughout our community, regardless of our religion, race or national origin.
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.
As we grieve these senseless acts of violence, I remain ever grateful for all those in our community who stand together against Islamophobia, racism and all forms of hate.