President Schatzel's Statement on Violence in Pittsburgh and Jeffersontown

President Kim Schatzel's statement to the Towson University community regarding recent violence in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Jeffersontown, Ky.

To the Towson University community:

I write with deep sadness regarding the shootings that occurred recently at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Kroger in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were killed and those who are recovering, as well as the TU students, alumni, faculty and staff who are grieving this reprehensible violence. 

At TU, we condemn these criminal acts of hate, bias and racism and must continue to hold true to our values of diversity and inclusion that support all members of our community to thrive, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or levels of ableness. 

Any member of our TU community grieving from the impact of these horrific attacks can seek support from TU’s Counseling Center and through our Employee Assistance Program.  We are grateful to our campus ministries staff, counseling staff and all members of our campus who continue to ensure that our community feels both supported and safe here at TU. 

I would like to share that TU Hillel and Chabad House will host a campus vigil at 6 p.m. October 29 at Speaker’s Circle near Freedom Square in solidarity with those affected by these senseless acts of hate-based violence.

Let us come together in this time of sadness to help our community heal.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D