Statement Regarding the New Zealand Tragedy (March 15, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

Our campus community joins those grieving around the world, after the tragic events this morning at two mosques in New Zealand. Nearly 50 lives were cut short, with many others tragically altered, by this horrendous act. We are all diminished by these senseless acts of terror and violence wherever they occur in the world.

Make no mistake, violence and ideologies driven by hatred, racism, bigotry, and racial, religious and ethnic supremacy, have no place at UM-Dearborn or society in general and are contrary to the standards of a free society. We reject these pernicious perspectives not only because they are offensive, but because they promote doctrine based on false premises and untruths. 

I am proud that UM-Dearborn is distinguished as an inclusive, welcoming and nurturing community where we are vested in each other’s success. We must never tire of these important efforts.

Students that need assistance during this difficult time can receive support through Counseling and Psychological Services, 313-593-5430. Faculty and staff may seek support through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office, 734-936-8660.

It is essential that we stand together against hate, and we unite in assisting and supporting those who are grieving in our community. Compassion and respect for others are foundational values of our university and they will not be compromised.

Domenico Grasso

Office of the Chancellor

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