Last Friday’s attacks in Christchurch marked a tragic day for our communities.
As we’re sure many of you are aware, our Media Design School at Torrens University is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, no students or staff were directly impacted. However, the communities in which they work, study and live have been rocked to their core. Of course, we have all been shaken by this terrible event.
We have a few messages for our entire community.
We are proudly inclusive, welcoming and safe.
Torrens University & Think Education is proud to be home to students from 104 different countries, incorporating many different religions. We stand with all our students in solidarity and acceptance during this time and will continue to do so. We believe our campuses should be places where you feel safe, included and welcomed.
This may be a challenging time. There is plenty of support.
Senseless acts such as this can and will affect people in many ways, and we must never assume who, and how, any one of us is connected or affected.
Classes will run as usual this week, but we do urge you to take time and space to look after your mental health and wellbeing and to also check in with your fellow students and teachers. Our main job for the immediate future is to support one another.
We are here to support any student or alumni impacted by Friday’s events, directly or indirectly, and I know that you are there to support one another. Should you need additional support, or just feel the need to speak with someone, we encourage you to reach out to Lifeline (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) or contact our campus counsellors service.
On Tuesday at 11am, we encourage students and staff to gather on campus.
We will spend a few minutes together, at each respective campus, united to remember the lives lost, but also to reiterate our commitment as a united community. I extend the invitation to all staff and students to attend. Your campus director will share more information about when and where this will happen.
We must live by our shared values.
Our campuses across Australia, New Zealand and China are and will remain, safe communities where we all feel welcome and accepted, regardless of our religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.
Together, we choose a world with peace, acceptance and unity.
Linda Brown & Justin Beilby
on behalf of Laureate Australia & New Zealand
[image via Sky News]
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