The following message was sent to the Barnard community on April 22, 2019.

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

Today, we join together in mourning the victims of yesterday’s Easter bombings at several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. These acts of violence that targeted people because of their  Christian religion are profoundly distressing, and we are all horrified by this senseless hate. It is at times like these that we - students, faculty, and staff - must come together to support one another. Our learning community is greatly enhanced by our religious, racial, ethnic, cultural and political differences, and it is especially important to turn to each other during difficult times.

As a reminder, our campus provides a number of resources to support you. Please do not hesitate to use the following, as needed:

  • Dean of Studies Office: 105 Milbank Hall, (212) 854-2024
  • Furman Counseling Center: 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092
  • After-hours psychological emergency line: (855) 622-1903
  • After-hours clinician on call: (855) 622-1903
  • International SOS for those students who are abroad and can contact +1-215-942-8478

Faculty and staff may utilize the College's Employee Assistance Program. Information is available at 800-448-4358 and

During challenging times such as this, I encourage the Barnard community to come together and support one another. All are welcome to gather in St. Paul’s Chapel at 5 p.m. today to remember the victims of yesterday’s attack.


Sian Leah Beilock