Statement from President Parlange on the events in Israel, Gaza and the Middle East

Oct. 10, 2023

We are deeply saddened by the horrific acts of violence currently unfolding in Israel and Gaza. The tragic loss of life is devastating, and we hold all those in our community who have ties to the region in our thoughts.

We denounce the attack on Israel by Hamas, and we stand in solidarity with all those impacted by the violence and with those who seek peace.

At URI, it is our mission and our duty to educate while providing safe spaces for important conversations and respectful dialogue. We must denounce violence and terrorism. And we must reject harassment and discrimination in all its forms, and instead come together in compassion and civility.

URI Hillel will host a community gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Norman M. Fain Hillel Center, located on the Kingston Campus at 6 Quarry Road, to offer a space for discussion and reflection.

The well-being of our community is a priority, and we are here to provide resources for those needing support. Community resources include the URI Counseling Center, URI Psychological Consultation Center, URI Health ServicesStudent Support and Advocacy Services, URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the Multicultural Student Services Center, and the URI Chaplains Association. International students in need of support can also reach out to the Office of International Students and Scholars. For employees, the URI Employee Assistance Program is available.

Let us remain hopeful that—even as we confront the devastating events of today—the promise of a better, brighter future is possible.