On yesterday’s tragedy in Pittsburgh

Dear Columbia Community,

We are deeply saddened by the senseless violence at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. Violence in our nation’s houses of worship is an affront to the freedoms our community holds dear. We stand strongly against these efforts to create fear and terror.

For some in our community, this is a particularly frightening time as we have seen a growing number of highly visible attacks directed at faith and identity – on worshippers and people of faith as they go through their daily lives, on groups gathered to celebrate an LGBT Latin night at Pulse Nightclub, on civil rights and anti-racist protesters in the streets of Charlottesville, and in so many other places, as occurred in last Wednesday’s shooting of two African-American shoppers in Kentucky. Please know that you are not alone, and that you are a part of this community founded on the fundamental dignity and worth of all.

If you would like to be with others during this difficult time, please join us for reflection spaces in the coming week:

Tonight: There will be a Vigil & Memorial at the Kraft Center, 8 – 10 pm. All in the Columbia community are welcome. More information here: Center.

For other gatherings and spaces to reflect, please check University Life’s app, website, and social media.

We also want to remind you of supportive resources for all students on campus:


Students on the Morningside campus who would like with a counselor can call Counseling and Psychological Services at (212) 854-2878.

For students on the CUIMC campus, call Mental Health Services at (212) 305-3400.

Columbia Health

Students on the Morningside campus can find additional support from Columbia Health through

CUIMC students can contact Student Health Service at

Office of the University Chaplain – Please find more information here:

If you have safety concerns, you can always contact Public Safety at:
· 212-854-5555 (Morningside)

· 212-305-7979 (Columbia University Medical Center)

· 212-853-3333 (Manhattanville)

or learn more here.

Any students in need of assistance in the coming days can contact their dean of students, any of the above resources, or the Office of University Life ( without hesitation.


Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law