The Hobart and William Smith Colleges community remembered the victims of the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, with a candlelight vigil on March 26.
Organized by William Smith Congress in conjunction with the HWS Office of Spiritual Engagement, the vigil was held on the steps of Coxe Hall.
Eva Catanzariti ’20 and Nuzhat Wahid ’22, who have been leading preparations for the vigil, “encouraged all students, faculty, staff, and residents of the city of Geneva to stand in solidarity with those who are most deeply wounded by this tragedy.”
Catanzariti and Wahid, president and vice-president of William Smith Congress respectively, hoped the event allowed the HWS community to “come together to not only mourn for those whose lives were stolen but to accept the responsibility we have as a community in pursuing action that stems the spread of violent rhetoric.”
“Our intention with this vigil is to not just have one evening of prayer but to also further dialogue around the particular injustices committed against our Muslim and immigrant communities. Let us embrace the bonds of humanity that unite us and come together in this time of sorrow,” they added.