Community Messages

October 27, 2021


Dear Members of the Pitt Community:

Like many of you, today provokes many strong emotions as we reflect on the devastating violence that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue three years ago. The attack — the deadliest on the Jewish community in the United States — shocked and saddened our community and the world. Our thoughts are with the victims of violence and those in our community who are affected by the situation.

Once again, the entire University of Pittsburgh is invited to stand in solidarity with the Pittsburgh community in remembering the events of Oct. 27, 2018, and honoring those who were killed that day. A Tree of Life commemorative ceremony — led by the 10.27 Healing Partnership, and featuring contributions from several community partners, survivors, and interfaith leaders  — will be held today in Schenley Park at 4:30 p.m.  

Please remember our fellow classmates and colleagues may be overwhelmed with emotion today and that as a University, we are committed to supporting a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for everyone. Together, we will continue to work toward a future where equity, justice, and safety for all are the expectation—not the exception.

We care about the safety and well-being of our community members. If you need help, are overcome with emotion or just want to talk, please consider one of the resources listed below. These contacts are available and ready to support you today and every day.

For Students

University Counseling Center is available 24/7 at 412-648-7930

Memo on Religious Observances and Student Well-Being During the Academic Year

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)

Let’s Talk (short teletherapy sessions)

Graduate and Professional Students

For Faculty and Staff

Life Solutions is available 24/7 at 1-866-647-3432

Supporting Student Well-Being (University Center for Teaching and Learning) 


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