IFO Statement on the Terrorist Attack at New Zealand Mosques

Like many of you, the horrific attacks on Muslim men, women, and children in New Zealand last week left us heartbroken and outraged. While it is easy to condemn one individual, we recognize that systemic inequities in our societies that foster discrimination, prejudice, and hate must be addressed.

The IFO believes that diversity of all kinds makes us eminently stronger. We remain committed to bettering our world for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all marginalized peoples who are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome in our communities. We are proud to keep the values of equity and inclusion at the forefront of our work. The solidarity we are committed to means we unify in times of hardship and in times of prosperity. 

Institutions of higher learning are critically important in the condemnation of racism, persecution, and hatred. As faculty in MinnState Universities, we work diligently to develop global citizens and we have helped make our campuses welcoming and inclusive. This work is as important today as it has ever been.

Thank you for your continued support during these important times.