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Wayne State University

To our Wayne State community,

Members of our university community have been deeply upset by the horrifying events taking place in Israel and Gaza. We are especially saddened by the heartbreaking loss of life and suffering that continues to take place, creating additional anxiety about the unfolding future.

At Wayne State, our values are centered on the inclusive diversity of our campus community. While we yearn for a peaceful and lasting end to this conflict, there are other actions within our power that can help members of our community — some of whom have been personally affected — know that they are valued and supported.

  • On Monday, we sent a note to all students reminding them of resources available to them. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is prepared to support students who may need help and can be reached via the CAPS website or at 313-577-3398.
  • The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) held a reflection and dialogue space yesterday in the Student Center. They have scheduled additional time for today (2–3 p.m.), as well as next week, and will continue these events as needed.
  • For employees who may be struggling with this situation, Wayne State’s Employee Assistance Program can provide help.  
  • As a university, we seek understanding, even in situations that can seem hopelessly complex. Next Thursday, Oct. 19, a dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be held in the Student Center and will feature Wayne State professors Saeed Khan and Howard Lupovitch.

Most importantly, we can come together and support each other. We can reach out to someone who is struggling. We can lend a hand or a listening ear. At times of deep sorrow and anxiety for many members of our community, our values become more than words on a page — they guide us to being our best selves for the sake of others. Our values can make our campus stronger and safer, and they can help us better understand each other.

Wayne State University is committed to promoting a supportive, caring environment for everyone. And you help us make this commitment a reality.

With hope for a peaceful future, 


Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D.