Statement regarding attack in Pittsburgh

October 29, 2018

To students, faculty and staff:

Once again, as seen this weekend, our nation experienced an outburst of unimaginable hate and violence. I join with other university leaders, first responders, government leaders and all citizens who denounce acts of anti-Semitism and the hateful, violent act that claimed the lives of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This kind of evil has no place in America. We must support one another as a campus community and a society focused on tolerance and acceptance. I join with all who are deeply saddened by these events with sympathy for those who were killed and wounded, and their families, and I stand firmly with you as we work together against the forces of hate that seek to divide us.

Eastern Michigan has many resources available for students who are upset and concerned about this tragic and deadly attack. They include the Center for Jewish Studies - Director and Professor Martin Shichtman can be reached at mshichtma1@emich.edu or 734.487.0978. For any students seeking general support, please contact Calvin Phillips, associate vice president, student affairs at cphill34@emich.edu or at 734.487.0035. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is prepared to offer counseling to students. On weekdays, students can make an appointment during business hours to talk to a counselor by calling 734.487.1118. Students can access CAPS after-hours phone support in the evenings and on weekends by calling 734.487.1118.

For those interested in learning more about Michigan and national support efforts related to fighting hate and anti-Semitism, please contact the Anti-Defamation League.

James Smith

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