UPEI statement on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand

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The University of Prince Edward Island expresses its condolences to the entire Muslim community on the senseless crimes of hate and violence that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

We share the shock, grief, and outrage felt around the world in the wake of this tragedy and condemn these acts that unfortunately happen far too often.

Our University celebrates and embraces diversity, one of our most intrinsic values. The campus is enriched by its inclusivity and we are stronger because of our differences. UPEI stands in solidarity with our PEI Muslim community, and, in particular, the UPEI Muslim Students Association, and send our thoughts and prayers to all those reeling from these despicable attacks on freedom of religion.

On Saturday, UPEI lowered the flags in front of Kelley Memorial Building to half-mast in honour of the victims.

UPEI’s highest priority is the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Students needing support, please contact Treena Smith, Director of Student Affairs, at trlsmith@upei.ca or William McGuigan, UPEI Student Union President, at president@upeisu.ca.

For faculty and staff members who may require support, please contact Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Interim Vice-President Academic and Research, at kgottschall@upei.ca or Virginia Wickstrom, Manager, Human Resources at vwickstrom@upei.ca


Nicole Phillips
Acting Director
Marketing and Communications