Response to New Zealand Mosque Attacks

With the terrible news of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, we were confronted with yet another instance of violence that has shaken a community that many of us feel connected to, even though the event took place thousands of miles away.

As a College, we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy and solidarity to those impacted by this tragedy here and abroad. Around the world, we have seen a documented upsurge in Islamaphobia, anti-muslim rhetoric, and microagressions in many forms. 

In the wake of this recent act of terrorism, we have an opportunity to reaffirm what we as a College stand for and against. As stated in our Community Standard, we do not tolerate hateful, violent, or discriminatory actions that target any person or group based on their beliefs, customs, identity, or affiliations.

We know members of our campus community may be personally affected by this horrific event, and support is available on campus to anyone who may need it. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Counseling Center if they are feeling distressed or in need of compassionate support (206-546-4594, FOSS Building 5000). Employees can access services through the Employee Assistance Program (877-313-4455).

Shoreline has a strong legacy as a college that welcomes learners from all backgrounds and nationalities and we remain steadfast in our commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive campus for all.

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