In the wake of the attack in Buffalo, New York

May 15, 2022

Dear Students,

By now most of you are aware of the deeply unsettling attack in Buffalo, New York yesterday. This mass shooting took place in a predominantly African-American neighborhood and is being investigated as a hate crime.

At Columbia, one of our greatest strengths is our diversity. We will continue to denounce bias and bigotry in all forms and support each other, as a community.

There are many resources available to you, should you need them, including counseling and psychological services through Columbia Health, serving Morningside and Manattanville or Student Health on Haven at CUIMC. You may also seek additional support through Religious Life or your Dean of Students.  If you, or someone you know, has experienced bias, you can also report it to the University or contact your Dean of Students. 

As always, you can also reach out to University Life, by emailing [email protected].

Take care,


Dennis A. Mitchell (he/him/his)
Executive Vice President for University Life
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC