I write to you today to condemn the appalling violence in Sri Lanka and the hatred that motivated these attacks. On behalf of the CSI community, I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of these terrible acts.

As I have repeatedly noted, the College of Staten Island has always welcomed students and scholars from every religion, race, sexual orientation, or national origin to pursue their educational interests. We will always be an educational institution where one can engage in difficult conversations through respectful discourse and categorically reject anyone who seeks to promote hatred and bigotry – it has no place on our campus.

Please know that confidential counseling services are available for members of our community who need additional support during this time or any time in the future.

Students may contact the CSI Counseling Center: 718.982.2391 or walk-in at your convenience during business hours – Building 1A, Room 109. You can come in alone, with a friend, or in a group – just give them a call.  More information is available at www.csi.cuny.edu/students/counseling-center.

Employees may contact the Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program to speak with a licensed mental health counselor: 855.492.3633 (24-hours/day) or email: eap@deeroaks.com. For more information visit: www.deeroakseap.com.