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A Safe and Welcoming Environment For All People

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dear VCU and VCU Health Community,

VCU extends our heartfelt condolences to those who lost loved ones and who continue to feel shock and pain after the recent terrorist attacks at two mosques in New Zealand. All of us are deeply affected by threats against any of us.

Though we have seen this repeatedly and all over the world, there is never justification for such horror and violence, and there is never tolerance for those who choose to violate humanity’s most sacred spaces — including the practice of faith — in the name of hate. We firmly reject all forms of violence, including the religious, cultural and racial bigotry that too often accompany these acts of terrorism.

We offer our sincerest condolences to those impacted and our strongest assurance to all that VCU will continue to be a safe and welcoming environment for all people. 

Michael Rao, Ph.D.
President, VCU and VCU Health System