Message from President Brodhead on the Charleston Tragedy

Dear Duke Colleagues,The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston defies explanation or understanding.  It was an assault on our most cherished beliefs about civil society and the safety of our most sacred institutions.  As a university, we mourn the victims and stand beside their families, neighbors and friends in horror and sadness.  We also stand with the members of our own community who share the pain or who may have suffered a personal loss in this tragedy.  Please know that Duke also offers important and immediate resources to help those who need it, including Counseling and Psychological Services (for students, https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/caps) and Duke Personal Assistance Service (for faculty and staff, https://www.hr.duke.edu/pas/).  We cannot undo what has been done.  But as scholars, students, teachers and leaders, we can strive to bring understanding and healing through our words and deeds.With all best wishes,Richard H. BrodheadPresident