One Year Later: Renewing Our Commitments

“Remembering is a noble and necessary act.” 
—author, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

Dear members of the University of Pittsburgh community:

This weekend, the University of Pittsburgh will join our neighbors throughout the city as we honor the lives lost and forever changed by the Tree of Life massacre. And, in the process of remembering, we will renew the commitments made to each other in the aftermath of the attack.

Thousands of you joined me on the Cathedral of Learning lawn as we pledged to reject anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds and—in true Pittsburgh fashion—draw strength from our deep sense of community. We spoke about leaning on one another, looking out for one another and practicing indefatigable kindness and love.

Now, one year later, we must revisit where we stand in fulfilling this vision. And we must recommit to doing our part so that we continue to come together—and work together—to be stronger than hate.   

Respectfully,

Patrick Gallagher