University of the Fraser Valley

Compassion and core values in times of conflict

Compassion and core values in times of conflict

Hate speech and violence are on the rise across Canada and on post-secondary campuses as the war between Israel and Hamas continues. The devastating loss of life and those directly and indirectly impacted by the effects of this war has had a far-reaching impact on humanity all around the world.

At times like these, it’s important to remember that the University of the Fraser Valley has a long history of welcoming students and employees from an array of backgrounds and beliefs. The places where we work, learn, play, and interact with one another are made up of an intricate web of cultures that become knit together to form our communities.

At UFV, we remain committed to our core values of integrity, inclusivity, and community. Hate can have no place here.

UFV will remain steadfast in working towards creating a safe community where everyone can learn and work. We do not tolerate acts or words that express hate or encourage violence, just as we stand against anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiment, language, and actions.

While universities play a vital role in creating safe spaces for difficult dialogue, we ask that any discussions surrounding the Middle East war, or any other areas of conflict, be approached with respect, rooted in facts and evidence, and approached with compassion and empathy for those most directly affected.

Please remember that creating an inclusive and welcoming university is a daily commitment we must all make to uphold safety and respect for everyone.

If you know students who are experiencing distress or having difficulty coping, please share the range of resources available through the UFV Counselling web page and the Student Support Centre.

UFV employees can contact Homewood Health in confidence at 1-800-663-1142, or visit the UFV benefits page for more information on Employee and Family assistance.

If you experience or witness any actions or behaviours that are hateful in nature you are encouraged to report them to UFV Safety and Security at 1-855-239-7654 (local 7654), or 9-1-1 in emergencies.

Dr. James Mandigo
Acting President & Vice-Chancellor