Dear campus community,
This morning, we woke up to the headlines of a horrific shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Scores of innocent lives were lost. Our hearts are full of sorrow at this unthinkable act of hatred and intolerance, and we will keep the survivors and their families in our hearts. While headlines of this nature happen all too frequently in today’s world, we must never succumb to fear or despair.
New Zealand may be half a world away, but we feel the pain of this attack dearly on Wayne State University’s campus, which is home to many Muslim students and employees. They enrich our campus through their scholarship, their service and their strong sense of community. They deserve to worship in peace and security. Islamophobia has no place in this world, and we will not tolerate it on this campus.
To help our community as we struggle to cope with this tragedy, we are planning a dialogue for next week. We will announce details of these plans as soon as they are available.
I am grateful every day for the strength of our Warrior community, and I know that we are unified in our mourning and our desire to work together for a more peaceful future.
M. Roy Wilson