Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,
On Sept. 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda to carry out attacks against U.S. targets including the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the World Trade Center in New York City. Two decades later, we are still trying to make sense of the destruction, loss of life and broad impact on the nation.
We remember the victims of that day as well as the sacrifices and bravery of first responders and those who served overseas to protect our freedom. We recognize the ongoing grief, the threat of terrorism, and we thank our veterans and those who continue to serve.
Although some Spartans may not remember what life was like before the attacks, our campus community was in many ways changed by them.
Shortly after 9/11, the MSU community joined together through educational programs and interfaith services. As a result, the Muslim Studies Program was created and continues to play a pivotal role in expanding student understanding around Islam, debunking myths and stereotypes.
On the 20th anniversary, let us pay tribute to the victims and their families, the emergency workers and the innumerable Americans and allies who served our country by joining together to banish hate at home, on campus and abroad.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)