Supporting Each Other During Overwhelming Times

Dear Kent State University Community,

Like you, I have been shocked and outraged by the scenes of violence, death and destruction in Israel and the Gaza Strip following the terrorism and warfare that began this past Saturday. Scenes of adults, children and the elderly being kidnapped, bombed, held hostage and dug out of rubble remind us of the toll of historic hatreds, suspicions and rage fueled by exactly these kinds of terrible occurrences.

During moments such as these, I urge all of us to practice and follow our Kent State core values, including kindness and respect in all we do, coupled with a commitment to the freedom of expression. We can and will disagree on causes, culpability and possible solutions, but I trust that all of us will join in promoting an atmosphere of respect and peaceful dialogue. In short, all members of our community deserve to feel safe and supported, and I know that all of us will reach out to comfort those who are suffering and hurting at this terrible moment in the world.

Campus resources are available for anyone feeling threatened or uneasy during these volatile times. At any time, students in need, or individuals who are concerned about a student's mental well-being, will find resources on the university's Mental Health Resources and Support website. University employees in need of support can contact IMPACT Solutions at 1-800-227-6007, which is available 24 hours a day.

Anyone facing an active threat to their safety should contact campus police at 330-672-2212 on the Kent Campus or their local law enforcement agency if they are on a Regional Campus.

Most days it is easy to say Flashes Take Care of Flashes, knowing that it is in our DNA to support one another no matter the issue. I trust that our university can and will pull together at this moment when stakes across the world are so high.


Todd Diacon

POSTED: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 09:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 09:12 PM
Todd Diacon