Message from the Chancellor and the President

The following message was distributed on Tuesday, March 23.

To the Webster University Community,

We are again saddened to be writing to you about more senseless killing, an attack by an assailant in Boulder, Colorado, that leaves those of us in the U.S. as well as around the world grieving. Ten people lost their lives in this assault, including a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Various news outlets have noted this is actually the seventh such attack in the U.S. in the past week.

As we wrote you last week, Webster University condemns all violence, especially these senseless mass killings. Such news weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.

As Webster University has two locations in Colorado, our students are directly affected by this tragedy. We need to call out our support to those students, and, of course, the families and community members who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Boulder.

Also, we realize that even if these events seem distant to some in our global network, just hearing about them may cause stress, especially as we all continue to weather the effects of the pandemic. The mental health of our global community is a primary concern. For students, if you would like to speak with someone, please know that our Counseling and Life Development Departmentis here to help you navigate these issues. Additionally, we remind our colleagues among the faculty and staff that, through EAP, counseling and other resources are available.

We need to work together and support one another through these difficult times. Our thoughts are with all the members of our global community. Please stay safe and support each other.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble

Julian Z. Schuster

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