Dear Drexel Students and Colleagues,

In recent weeks, we have witnessed unrest in Iran and around the world after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest and detention by “morality police” for non-compliance with the regime’s dress codes. Along with many members of our Drexel community, I am horrified by this latest act of state-sponsored violence in Iran and condemn the regime’s brutal, exceedingly violent crackdown against unarmed anti-government protestors throughout the country. I also want to convey my deep concern and support for Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff of Iranian descent, including those who have family members who have suffered or perished at the hands of the Iranian government, or who face imminent danger now.

These protesters are on the front lines of the fight for global women’s rights and human rights. Just as we have stood in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and members of our Drexel family of Ukrainian descent since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his unprovoked military invasion this past winter, we must now support the tens of thousands of brave, unarmed Iranians standing up against a heavily armed government that is using excessive lethal force against its own citizens. Those wishing to become more informed and involved can visit the websites of human rights advocacy organizations, including the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

Meanwhile, I also encourage anyone experiencing personal anguish over Mahsa Amini’s death or the many women and children who have died at the hands of Iran’s repressive forces to draw upon Drexel's support services. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, students can call 215.895.1415 or email; faculty, professional staff and graduate students can connect with a live SupportLinc representative by calling 1.888.881.5462.


John Fry

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