The attack on last Friday at two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 50 and wounded dozens more leaves us deeply saddened as it has echoed around the world.
On behalf of St. Cloud State University, I have extended heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this unspeakable act of violence, as well as to our local Muslim community. I’ve asked the entire campus community to use this opportunity to learn and grow in support of the university’s commitment to engage as a member of a diverse and multicultural world. But in these times, condolence statements ring hollow.
St. Cloud State is committed to fostering an inclusive community where all are welcome and feel safe. As more becomes known about this heinous act and those directly and indirectly impacted, I ask us all to act with compassion and kindness as we continue to find ways to come together in support of each other.
In the coming days and weeks, plans are underway to schedule faculty-led panel discussions to create opportunities for dialogue. Confidential services and assistance also are available on campus to students, faculty and staff. Meanwhile, I encourage you to join the campus community in honoring the victims and the survivors of the New Zealand Mosque shooting on Friday, March 22 from noon-1 p.m. on the Atwood Mall.