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A Message of Support and Compassion for the Middle East

Dear Emerson College community,

This weekend has brought us the shocking and heartbreaking news of violence and war in the Middle East. We strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attacks against Israel, and we mourn the loss of innocent lives in Israel and Gaza. We extend our compassion for the pain and suffering within our community for those with friends, family, loved ones, and colleagues in the region, and we have connected with our students from the area to offer our support.

We appreciate that Emerson is a community of diverse perspectives, political opinions, life experiences, identities, and nationalities, but Emersonians unite for peace and humanity over violence and hatred. We may see the world through the lenses of different experiences, but we come together to offer love and comfort to those who grieve. Being in thoughtful connection, despite our differences, is what makes Emerson so strong.

We want to encourage everyone in our community affected by these tragic events to make use of the following support resources: 

●      The Healing & Advocacy Collective, the Office of Spiritual Life, the Employee Assistance Program, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of International Student Affairs are all available to support our community.

●      The College has professional staff on call 24 hours a day and can be reached by contacting any member of the residence education staff, or by contacting ECPD at 617-824-8555.

●      Students in Los Angeles can contact ela_reslife@emerson.edu for local support.

●      Students at Kasteel Well can contact osa_castle@emerson.edu.

During this challenging time when many are in anguish, please remember to respect and support each other, be kind, and practice compassion.

Sincerely,

Jay M. Bernhardt
President

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