On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message with the campus community:
Dear Campus Community,
Over the weekend, we all watched in horror as Israel faced unprecedented terrorist attacks on its citizens. In no uncertain terms, we condemn these terrorist attacks and the indiscriminate killing of civilian non-combatants and the taking of hostages, including children and the elderly. On behalf of everyone at the College of Charleston, I want to share my deep sadness and shock at these events. To those affected, please know that the College of Charleston is with you and here for you.
Our campus community is made up of a diverse range of people, and we know that many members of our university have connections to the affected region. The violence and turmoil unfolding are beyond distressing, and these disturbances have a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals and families.
As a university committed to fostering global understanding, peace and empathy, we support those affected by providing support and the resources they may need. We recognize that these events may evoke a range of emotions and concerns for different members of our campus community, and please know that our campus resources, including counseling services, support groups and academic advisors, are available to help members of our campus navigate these feelings and challenges.
As an institution of higher learning, the College of Charleston is committed to promoting peace, understanding and dialogue, and we encourage respectful and constructive discussions within our community. We believe that education plays a vital role in addressing global conflicts and finding solutions to complex problems.
In times of adversity, it is essential that we come together as a community, support one another and advocate for the values of compassion, tolerance and empathy. Together, we can and we will make a difference.
Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston