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Skidmore College
Office of the President

Tragedy in New Zealand

March 18, 2019

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community:

While many of us were away for spring break, terror targeted at members of the Muslim community struck in New Zealand, taking dozens of innocent lives and leaving scores injured.

Coming just one week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning hate and intolerance, including anti-Muslim discrimination and anti-Semitism, the attacks are painful reminders of the brutal consequences of extreme, irrational views held by certain groups and individuals.

We mourn the loss of lives and wish the injured full recovery. We also affirm our commitment to stand firm for the values we hold dear as a community, and strongly condemn all forms of bigotry and hatred. We all must remain vigilant and attentive, leaving no room for hate and intolerance against any group or person at Skidmore and elsewhere.

For any community members who need support, Counseling Services may be reached at 518-580-5555. As a reminder, all employees may utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which may be reached at 518-793-9768.

The safety of all members of our community is our highest priority. We express our solidarity with members of the Muslim community within the Skidmore family and beyond.

Sincerely,
Philip A. Glotzbach
President

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