University of Guelph entrance wallThe University of Guelph is mourning the deaths of four family members killed in a racist attack in London, Ont. on Sunday. City of London police said today they believe the victims were targeted for their Islamic faith.

“Our thoughts are with the family and anyone affected by this senseless and violent act of hatred,” said U of G president Charlotte Yates.

“The University of Guelph stands with the Muslim community in condemning this act of violence,” she said. “As we reflect on this tragic event, let us recommit ourselves to anti-racism and building stronger, more inclusive communities.”

The University understands the toll that acts of violence like this can have on the health and well-being of community members, Yates said. “We want to remind our community that University counselling services and other supports and resources are available to assist people affected by this tragedy.”

Students wishing to access counselling supports are encouraged to reach out to Student Wellness Services or to Student Experience advisors or the Multi-Faith Resource Team, 519-824-4120, Ext. 58909.  International and ELP students may also access mental health support online.

Faculty and staff should contact the Employee assistance program, 1-800-265-8310 or the Multi-Faith Resource Team, 519-824-4120, Ext. 58909.

“Sunday’s violent attack is a stark reminder of our shared responsibility to fight Islamophobia and racism in all its forms,” Yates said. “I want to emphasize that hate has no place at U of G or in any community. The University is committed to fostering a culture of respect and equity where every member of the campus community feels safe and supported.”