To all those who are disenfranchised, marginalized and persecuted, including our transgender community, please know that we support you, and we will continue to uphold UB’s cherished values of diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that the university remains a safe and welcoming place for you.
As our region begins to dig out from a blizzard for the ages, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the members of our university community who, over the past several days, have done exceptional work to keep our campuses safe.
As we learn about the increasing civil unrest and violent crackdowns against protestors in Iran, I would like to express our university’s solidarity with UB’s Iranian students and faculty as well as our concern for the safety and liberty of their loved ones in their home country.
Yesterday evening, a Buffalo State College student was stabbed on campus and transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. University Police are actively investigating this horrible act of violence and are in communication with Buffalo State police and local police.
We are deeply honored to host Vice President Kamala Harris at the University at Buffalo and have the opportunity to showcase the impactful ways that we are harnessing UB’s tripartite mission of research, education and engagement to mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change by developing innovative solutions for a sustainable world.
Whether this is your first day of class at UB or you have been a part of our scholarly family for years, I hope that you had a wonderful summer and are as eager as I am for the journey of discovery that lies ahead.
Our hearts are with the 10 people who lost their lives today, along with their grieving families, all those who were injured, and all those who were traumatized by the mass shooting that occurred this afternoon in a Tops Supermarket in the City of Buffalo.
As a university community committed to fostering a safe, welcoming environment for all students, employees, alumni and visitors, our shared values of inclusion and mutual respect are never understood to be conditional, or situational.