President Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on March 17:
Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,
Once again, our world is stunned by another unspeakable tragedy, this time against innocent Muslim worshipers gathered for prayer in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. To all of the Muslim students, faculty and staff members of our Wake Forest University community, and indeed to all of our Muslim friends and neighbors everywhere, let me express my profound sorrow, especially for the victims and their families. Good people everywhere, Muslim or not, have been shattered by this hatred and violence.
I stand in solidarity with you. I remain committed to all of our efforts together to make Wake Forest a place of inclusion and respect, love and understanding, and peace. Let us continue to do what we do best: building a learning community where we see each other as humans, united in our common humanity and rich in our diversity.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff who are struggling or just want to talk. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 336-758-5210. The Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff at 336-716-5493. We encourage anyone having a difficult time to seek support.
Nathan O. Hatch