March 15, 2019

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

Heartbreaking news continues to reach us from Christchurch, New Zealand, about the shocking and deadly attacks at two mosques there. These attacks happened in places of peace and fellowship as members of the Muslim faith gathered for afternoon prayers. Although nine thousand miles away, the repercussions of these appalling killings are deeply felt on campus. To those in our community who are Muslim, know that Hobart and William Smith Colleges stand with you.

As a community, we must continue our efforts unabated to create an environment here on campus and beyond where attacks like these do not happen. We must support one another and celebrate our differences as we seek those common values that unite us.


Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12
Interim President