NASPA Community Mourns Those Lost in Horrific Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

Many of us woke up to the news Friday morning of yet another hateful and devastating attack driven by the ideology of white supremacy.

And many of us, yet again, were hit by strong emotions: fear, anger, hopelessness, disbelief, sadness.

The NASPA community joins those around the world who mourn the horrific attack at the Al Noor mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Information continues to emerge, but we know that one person charged in the attack published a document online that referred explicitly to white supremacist credos and the intention to create a worldwide climate of fear among Muslims. Even if the shooter acted alone, this attack took place within an enabling racist ideology that, unfortunately, we encounter on our campuses and in our communities.  

First and foremost, if you are able, please reach out to your Muslim students and colleagues to ensure they have access to supportive, caring spaces and services. We must do whatever we can to help our community process the immediate pain of this event.

At the same time, we must continue to name, confront, and dismantle manifestations of white supremacy wherever they occur. We must continue to pursue the actions that will bring change.

Many speakers at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference, which took place this week, reminded us that our campuses must be places where we counter hate, foster liberation, and demonstrate our support.

Our closing speaker, Shaun Harper, offered his blueprint for moving to a place of demonstrating care for our community. View his entire speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAe-YQa6NKs.  

We hope this resource will be useful for some of you at this time.