Dear Students & Staff
We condemn the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which left nearly 300 people dead and another 500 injured. Again, this is an act of global terrorism that reverberates across the world and to our campuses across Australia and New Zealand.
We express our deepest condolences to the families, friends and victims of the Sri Lanka’s attacks. The killing of innocent civilians, with shocking echoes to what we witnessed in Christchurch only a few weeks ago, is yet another reminder that we must stand in resolve, unity and tolerance in the face of such violence. Our obligation to be Here for Good must also mean that we create, maintain and build an inclusive and welcoming community for our students and staff. Laureate Australia and New Zealand (LANZ) is proud to be home to a diverse workforce, and home to students from 104 different countries, incorporating many different religions. We stand with all our students and staff in solidarity and acceptance during this time and will continue to do so.
Our Laureate Australia and New Zealand community joins the citizens of Sri Lanka and the world in grieving this tragedy. We stand beside those members of our community who call Sri Lanka home. We are here for you.
There is support for you, for your colleagues and students.
We encourage members of the Laureate Australia and New Zealand community who need help at this time to use all available University resources. Senseless acts such as this can affect people in many ways, and we must never assume who, and how, any one of us is connected or affected.
Of course, we are here to support any staff member, 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 feel the need to speak with someone, I encourage you to contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1800 81 87 28 for 24-hour counselling.
It is also worth reminding you that counselling exists on site for our students, and I urge you to regularly draw to our student’s attention the work of our counselling services.
Professor Justin Beilby
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