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President Abd-El-Aziz encourages UPEI community to attend vigil

"We are blessed that our University and Island communities embrace diversity"
Friday, March 22, 2019

The following message was distributed earlier today to faculty, staff, and students.

Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear members of the University Community,

Yesterday, we observed the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which has taken place annually on March 21 since being proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966. It is poignant to mark this day as the global community still reels from the tragic acts of terrorism that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand one week ago.

Respect, collegiality, and inclusivity are the values that form our foundation at UPEI, and in our province and country, and it makes the horrific events in Quebec City, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch, unfathomable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed and all victims of these horrific attacks.

We are blessed that our University and Island communities embrace diversity and welcome students, faculty, and staff from around the globe. This inclusivity enriches our campus and we are stronger because of it.

Earlier this week, I was so proud when our students, staff, and faculty came together to host a vigil in honour of the New Zealand victims. I encourage you to also attend the vigil that the Muslim Society of PEI is holding on Saturday, March 23 at 11 am at the Cenotaph in Charlottetown (corner of Grafton and Great George streets). All are invited and encouraged to attend in solidarity as a way to show their support. 

Last Saturday, I had asked that the flags in front of Kelley Memorial Building be lowered to half-mast for several days in memory of the victims. The flags will remain lowered until Saturday, March 23 in respect of the vigil being held that day.

Best wishes,

Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz
President and Vice-Chancellor


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