In a letter to the campus community, President Eibeck offered the following statement regarding the recent tragedy in New Zealand,
"The fatal shooting of 50 people and wounding of dozens more at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is an upsetting and painful reminder of the senseless destruction that can occur when people choose hate over acceptance. As I process the tremendous loss of life and well-being caused by this tragedy, my heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones.
Pacific stands firmly in support of our Muslim students, faculty and staff and condemns all acts of violence that target Muslims and other members of faith. Pacific is a vibrant educational environment where we can learn from each other and celebrate our differences. Our diversity makes our campus and our community stronger."
University Librarian Mary Somerville was moved by the President's message and offered the following response,
"Many thanks for a strong and persistent message: Pacific is a vibrant educational environment where we can learn from each other and celebrate our differences. Our diversity makes our campus and our community stronger.
In that spirit, the renovated William Knox Holt Memorial Library will include a Multi-Faith Meditation and Prayer Area, including an ablution station. We collectively believe that this sacred space signals our campus and community commitment to diversity of expression and variation in belief. Together, we are stronger.