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Message to the Lauder Community - October 9, 2023

The following message was sent to Lauder students, staff, and facultu on Monday, October 9, 2023

Dear Lauder Community,

Following the attack on Israel by Hamas this weekend, we know that our community, here and abroad, is deeply concerned about the impact of this terrifying and traumatic situation, which is still unfolding. Many of us have loved ones directly affected by these events.

We echo today’s message from Dean Erika James unequivocally condemning the attack and expressing our solidarity with those impacted by the violence.

In these difficult times, let us come together as a community, offering support and kindness to those experiencing loss, fear, and distress. For students, faculty, and staff who are struggling with this, we encourage you to contact us if we can be helpful and to utilize the University’s counseling and support resources: Student Support Resources and Penn Wellness.


Martine and Kenric

Martine R. Haas
Lauder Chair Professor & Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Anthony L. Davis Director, Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, U.S.A.

From: Dean Erika James
Sent: Monday, October 9, 2023
Subject: A Message from Wharton Dean Erika James

Wharton community – As you likely are aware, on Saturday morning, Israel was attacked by Hamas. Over the next 48 hours, the unsettling assault has led to escalating death tolls, fear, and devastation. The sorrow and concern so many of us are feeling on behalf of those affected is palpable.

Wharton unequivocally condemns the atrocious assault against Israel and declares our solidarity with those suffering in the wake of such violence. It is our hope that all impacted communities can find refuge quickly and safely, for themselves and their loved ones during these troubling times.

Wharton is a diverse, vibrant community more than 100,000 strong, existing within a worldly society of growing, complex interconnectedness. In educating student leaders to be engaged, global citizens, we acknowledge the instability and distress such incidents cause, and stand alongside those in need as the severity of this situation continues to unfold.

The University is working with Penn Global, University Life, and the Office of the University Chaplain to provide support resources for Penn students at home and abroad in Israel. Plans for a number of University-led convenings are in the works with information forthcoming, but we encourage anyone seeking immediate assistance to utilize Penn Wellness or other student and faculty/staff services.


Erika James


Erika H. James, Dean
Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6364

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