Events in Brussels, 2/22/16

As we are sure you are aware, a series of attacks took place in Brussels earlier today, resulting in at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Violence has become an all too frequent occurrence in so many communities across the world, and this is one more tragic example.

At this time, there are no Mason study abroad programs occurring in Brussels; nor are we aware of any students or faculty members studying in the area. We have reached out to all native Belgian students studying on our campus, and if you know of anyone from the Mason community who may be in the area of the attacks, please let University Life know at 703-993-8760.

Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go to the Belgian people, and especially to the first responders at the scenes of the tragedies. We know that members of our Mason community may be connected to Belgium through friends and family. Support is available for students through the offices of the Division of University Life, including Counseling and Psychological Services and the Office of International Programs and Services. All University Life resources can be identified and accessed through

Faculty and staff resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program, which can be accessed through your employer-sponsored health insurance. Details can be found on the benefits website at

Members of our Mason community come from every U.S. state and from more than 120 countries. Through our differences as well as our commonalities, we enrich each other and our shared learning. Although we cannot change the recent events, our responses to those events can define us and change our community and the world. This is the time to care for one another and to live up to our highest values.

Sincerely yours,

Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life
S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

Posted in Letter from VP.