Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,
This morning brought the heartbreaking news that dozens of people were murdered in New Zealand at two mosques as they worshipped. There are reports that many of the victims were migrants and refugees and that at least one of the individuals arrested for committing this atrocity is a self-proclaimed, anti-immigrant racist.
Though this terrorist act was committed in another country on the opposite side of the globe, let us reflect on its meaning to our own community and nation. No one should fear for their life or safety because they are simply searching for a better life for themselves and their families.
In the words of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, “They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.’’
Please keep the people of New Zealand, especially those directly harmed by this hate-motivated attack, in your thoughts today.
To our Muslim students, for whom this tragedy must be especially hurtful, please know that this community supports you. Our Counseling Center services are available to you https://www.umassd.edu/counseling/.