Leadership

Message from Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz on synagogue shooting

On behalf of the University, Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz extends condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Chabad of Poway congregants.

Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower.
(Photo by Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

Today, a tragic act of anti-Semitic violence unfolded at the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside of San Diego. One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting on the last day of Passover, a high holiday that commemorates the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery. On behalf of all of us at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I extend our profound sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Chabad of Poway congregants.

I know that this news deeply affects members of our community, particularly our Jewish community, which has suffered inappropriate and insensitive comments made at a recent conference on campus, as well as the distribution of anti-Semitic flyers in Davis Library earlier this month. I also know that other recent racist and hateful exhibits on campus have left many feeling shaken and unsafe. I condemn any anti-Semitic act, as well as threats of violence and expressions of hate. As the semester draws to a close, I hope that our community will come together in kindness, promoting peace and inclusion. If you need help, the following campus resources are available:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services for students: 919-966-3658.
  • The University’s Employee Assistance Program is available for faculty and staff: 877-314-5841.

If you ever feel threatened or in danger, please contact 911 for an emergency or University Police at 919-962-3951. If you have not done so already, please download the LiveSafe app and use it.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Interim Chancellor