On the Tragedy in El Paso and Dayton

Monday, August 5, 2019

Dear Columbia Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we write regarding two mass shootings within 24 hours in our nation in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We share our condolences with all those affected by these events, and reaffirm our commitment to sustaining a safe and inclusive campus at Columbia.

While news about these tragedies is still unfolding, early reports have indicated that the shooter in El Paso was motivated by white supremacist thinking particularly targeted at Latinx and immigrant communities. We condemn these violent acts born of hatred and stand united in our commitment to diversity both on our campus and in our country.

We understand too that tragedies such as these may cause deep distress for some. While many of you are away from campus at this time, please note that Columbia’s resources remain available to you as you reflect on these events.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your dean of students, consult any of these resources or the Office of University Life (universitylife@columbia.edu).  

In community,

Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law