A call for peace

October 11, 2023

Dear Campus Community,

This past Saturday, following the end of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, Hamas and other armed groups launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood at Israel. Word of this news and what followed has been accompanied by an outpouring of emotion by so many across our community. Fear. Anger. Gloom. Pain.

Such emotions have continued and will remain as we learn of the extensive loss of life, close to two thousand for all sides; the enormity in numbers of those injured; and the ongoing violence, which is likely to only further escalate. When confronting such tragic events in our world and in our lives, we need to stand firm to the core values we share as a Gettysburg College community—values that speak to the worth and dignity of all people, our commitment to diverse and inclusive communities, and our sensitivity to the human condition.

As we resume classes after Reading Days, we want to provide support to all of you, but particularly to our Jewish, Palestinian, Israeli, and Muslim communities—students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike. While College Life has been in active conversation with our students, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is coordinating efforts to identify additional resources to support your classroom discussions, work interactions, and other living, learning, and working needs.

At this time, we are contacting a group of students, faculty, and staff to organize a gathering that can help us to join together as a community—in peace—to learn how events are impacting each of us, all to better support one another. In the meantime, we would encourage you to seek out the following campus resources:

Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our hearts are with you during these difficult times.

Bob Iuliano

Eloísa Gordon-Mora
Chief Diversity Officer