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Tragedy in Israel and Gaza - Oct. 11, 2023

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Dear Members of the SUNY Oswego Community-

The increasing violence, loss of life, and suffering in Israel and Gaza are heart-wrenching and deeply disturbing. SUNY Oswego condemns these actions in the strongest terms.

We have been monitoring the situation and can confirm that no member of our campus community is taking part in student programs or traveling on official business in the region. However, in today’s interconnected world, members of our community are still deeply impacted as they may have friends, family members, and other loved ones in the region. We share in their anguish and concerns.

The events in Israel and Gaza are generating intense discussions and debates. As a learning community, I want to underscore the importance of engaging in respectful dialogue, seeking opportunities to understand one another, and ensuring that all members of our campus community are respected and valued. To be clear, no acts of violence or bias will be accepted or tolerated on our campus.

If any member of our community experiences or witnesses any act of violence or bias or receives any threats, they should contact the University Police immediately at 315.312.5555 or, in an emergency, dial 911; or submit a bias report to the Bias Prevention and Response Team.

To students who are struggling to make sense of the conflict, or are experiencing any loss, SUNY Oswego offers several resources including Counseling Services and staff in our International Student and Scholar Services Office. Please feel free to reach out to these offices.

In the days ahead, I urge all of us to engage in the critical work of learning about and appreciating the lived experiences of others, and leaning into the difficult conversations necessary to understand diverse perspectives and contexts.

Remain well,

Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D.