The tragic and senseless violence against Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, has captured the attention of our nation and the world. Penn State stands with the people of New Zealand in denouncing these horrific terrorist attacks and in offering our deepest condolences. We also offer our sympathy and support to our Muslim community here and abroad, who are so deeply impacted by the hatred and religious bigotry displayed by these acts. And finally, we express our strongest condemnation of those responsible; they are cowards who do not represent our vision of a diverse and caring, global community.
As an institution that has students, partners and colleagues in New Zealand, as well as a Muslim community of our own, we are profoundly disturbed and unsettled by the Islamophobia and extremism that finds a place in our world. We are reaching out to those members of our community and by doing so hope that we are reinforcing our own values of diversity and inclusion, kindness and compassion. As a University it is, and always has been, our goal to bridge differences, bring understanding to conversations, and advance diversity, equity and peace. We will continue our strong efforts to remain a welcoming community for all.
For members of our community who may need assistance or who have been deeply affected by the tragic events of yesterday, University resources are available at the following places: