A Message from the President regarding the Pittsburgh shooting

Dear all,

I am writing today with deep sadness. By now, you have likely heard the horrific news out of Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire on congregants observing Shabbat in their synagogue. Words cannot describe the heartbreak of this devastating anti-Semitic attack, and our thoughts go out to every one of the victims and families involved.

This mass shooting comes in the wake of multiple crimes with hatred seemingly the only motive. From bombs sent to prominent people across the country to two black men killed in Kentucky by a man who had tried to enter a predominantly black church minutes before the attack, the level of hate being expressed is daunting. There is no place in our country for this hatred, and in my role as President of Vassar, I condemn these acts of violence.

While the nation watches the events unfold, I wanted to reach out to remind all of us to care for ourselves and our community members. Instead of rushing through our days, let us be mindful in taking care of ourselves and each other. If you see a friend or classmate struggling, reach out to them, and if you are struggling, please reach out to your house fellows, house advisors, student fellows, Dean Alamo, Liz Aeschlimann Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life, or me if we can be helpful or to put you in touch with relevant campus resources. Also, students who want to gather in community are welcome to come to the Bayit (51 Collegeview Avenue) at 5:00pm Monday October 29 where our Religious and Spiritual Life team will incorporate a time for reflection into their already planned program with Rabbi Brent Spodek.

Take care,

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604