It is with a heavy heart that I write to you about the senseless acts of violence at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue this weekend, as well as in Kentucky, where two African Americans were slain at a grocery store. We stand in solidarity with our students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and community whose beliefs or cultures have made them a target for violence. At Wright State University, our diversity of thought, background, faith, and culture will always be our greatest strength.
Know that discrimination of any kind will never be tolerated at Wright State. We are a welcoming and inclusive campus for all people. We cherish the richness that comes to our lives from our diverse beliefs and cultures.
Some of you may be fearful, hurting, or having a difficult time processing recent events. We care about you and offer our support:
Counseling and Wellness Services
053 Student Union
Office of Equity and Inclusionv 280 University Hall
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
364 University Hall
All are invited to a community vigil, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, tomorrow, October 30, at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr. in Dayton.
And next week is our annual Kristallnacht lecture, featuring Holocaust survivor Samuel Heider on November 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Endeavour Room.
As we reflect on these events, let us recommit ourselves to an inclusive and accepting community where all feel safe to learn and grow.
Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.