Statement from President Robbins on the emerging conflict in Israel
University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins shares university resources and emphasizes compassion and inclusion in an address to campus.
Dear Students and Colleagues,
I have been horrified at news of the terrorist attacks in Israel that reached us over the weekend. Terrible and tragic stories have continued to emerge from the region, where innocent civilians have lost their lives and many are now caught in an escalating conflict.
When news first broke, we promptly connected with a faculty member and graduate student we knew to be in the region when fighting began, confirmed their safety, and provided necessary resources for them.
Our hearts are with all those who are suffering in that region as well as all in our community who are concerned for loved ones, friends, and colleagues. If you have loved ones in the areas where hostilities are occurring or are otherwise affected by this conflict, please know the University as an institution and our Wildcat community are here for you.
During this painful time, I ask that everyone remember our core values of compassion and inclusion. The University of Arizona stands against all forms of racism and prejudice, and I urge every member of our community to stand together in upholding our values. Our Wildcat community is strongest when we care for and support one another.
If you are in need of help during what I know must be a stressful and challenging time, please reach out to those around you and make use of the resources available, including CAPS for students and ComPsych for employees. Additionally, UArizona Hillel Foundation has shared that Hillel Arizona adjacent to campus will be open to provide a place for students, faculty and staff to gather during this difficult period. Support is also available through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
More details are in the resources section below.
Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
The University of Arizona
- The Dean of Students Office has resources to help students and those who work with students.
- Students in need of mental health support can contact Campus Health's Counseling and Psych Services. CAPS can be reached by calling 520-621-3334 , scheduling an appointment online, or dropping in at one of the CAPS locations during operating hours. For crisis support, please call 520-621-3334 and press 1 if greeted by the automated message.
- All benefits-eligible employees can contact Employee Assistance Counseling for information about free and confidential one-on-one counseling available 24/7 through ComPsych. ComPsych can be reached at 877-327-2362 (TTY: 800-697-0353 ).
- The Threat Assessment and Management Team website includes an incident reporting form as well as resources and tools for anyone experiencing threats and other concerning behavior.
This message was originally shared in an email to students, faculty, staff and designated campus colleagues.
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