Compassion and Support for Students and Employees from Israel and Gaza

Oct. 9, 2023

Dear Students and Colleagues,

I have been horrified at news of the terrorist attacks in Israel that reached us over the weekend. Terrible and tragic stories have continued to emerge from the region, where innocent civilians have lost their lives and many are now caught in an escalating conflict.

When news first broke, we promptly connected with a faculty member and graduate student we knew to be in the region when fighting began, confirmed their safety, and provided necessary resources for them.

Our hearts are with all those who are suffering in that region as well as all in our community who are concerned for loved ones, friends, and colleagues. If you have loved ones in the areas where hostilities are occurring or are otherwise affected by this conflict, please know the University as an institution and our Wildcat community are here for you. 

During this painful time, I ask that everyone remember our core values of compassion and inclusion. The University of Arizona stands against all forms of racism and prejudice, and I urge every member of our community to stand together in upholding our values. Our Wildcat community is strongest when we care for and support one another.

If you are in need of help during what I know must be a stressful and challenging time, please reach out to those around you and make use of the resources available, including CAPS for students and ComPsych for employees. Additionally, UArizona Hillel Foundation has shared that Hillel Arizona adjacent to campus will be open to provide a place for students, faculty, and staff to gather during this difficult period. Support is also available through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

More details are in the resources section below.


Robert C. Robbins, M.D.


The University of Arizona



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