Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of our University, I offer our collective deepest sympathies to the people of Christchurch affected by Friday’s terror attacks and to the Muslim communities around the world affected by this violence.
We have all been shocked and saddened by these events and absolutely stand with you in condemning such violence.
Our institution is made up of people from around the world and of many faiths. It’s this rich diversity of views and experience that makes us an inspiring and outstanding place to work and study. I know that in times like this it is our values of respect and inclusion that will bring us together.
As a sign of respect for all of those affected, our flags will hang at half-mast this week.
I understand that many of you have been affected deeply by this act of terrorism. We have set aside additional appointment times with our student counsellors should you need to talk to someone. Please call 4921 6622 to arrange an appointment. I’d also like to remind staff that the Employee Assistance Program is available to offer support for you or those close to you.
I also encourage you to attend Harmony Day events this Thursday as an opportunity to demonstrate your support for the people of New Zealand and those in our Muslim communities. We continue to be united by a set of core values of inclusiveness, respect and belonging.
Professor Alex Zelinsky AO
Vice-Chancellor and President