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UPDATE April 7th:
It is disheartening to report that on the evening of April 7, 2016, discrimination messages were for the second time written on the university Diag against Muslim communities. As quoted by President Mark Schilissel, “Racial, ethnic or religious discrimination have no place at the University of Michigan.” Let’s come together as a united community to stand up against hate, oppression, discrimination, and prejudice of all forms.

CAPS would once again like to extend our support to the Muslim community as we continue to reject and fight against all forms of prejudice and discrimination including Islamophobia. 

CAPS would like to encourage anyone who may be impacted to reach out and extend support to others as we all come together to support the Muslim community.  One way to care for yourself and each other is to engage in political discussion in spaces that feel safe to you.  It can be helpful to address what is happening nationally and locally, and even to engage in conflict, in spaces and with people who are interested in having a dialogue. 

If additional support is needed, CAPS services are available. As a campus community let us continue to strive for an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone.

Previous Statement:
On March 30th, someone chalked discriminatory messages directed toward the Muslim community. These messages are inconsistent with the University's values and CAPS would like to echo the response of the University:

“Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality.” 

At CAPS we stand with the Muslim community and unequivocally condemn the hateful and Islamophobic messages written in the Diag. CAPS will always uphold the right to free speech, but recognizes that this freedom should be practiced with responsibility as it can be harmful when it promotes hatred and discrimination. At CAPS we want to extend our support to the Muslim community as we continue to reject and fight against all forms of prejudice and discrimination including Islamophobia.  We also want to highlight that experiences of discrimination can lead to difficult emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, and anxiety.

CAPS would like to encourage anyone who may be impacted to reach out and extend support to others as we all come together to support the Muslim community.  One way to care for yourself and each other is to engage in political discussion in spaces that feel safe to you.  It can be helpful to address what is happening nationally and locally, and even to engage in conflict, in spaces and with people who are interested in having a dialogue. 

If additional support is needed, CAPS services are available. As a campus community let us continue to strive for an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone.

 

Article published in April 2016