Following the events of Friday in Christchurch, UMSU would like to reaffirm its commitment to opposing all forms of Islamophobia and white supremacy in the university community and society as a whole.

UMSU stands with the Islamic community of the University of Melbourne in this time of grief. You are always welcome in our union, and we encourage you to reach out if you are in need of support or have experienced forms of discrimination on campus.

UMSU also condemns the Senator for Queensland for his comments about the Christchurch attack. White supremacy and Islamophobia have no place in our parliament, our university campuses, or our society.

The only way to stop Islamophobia, white supremacy, and bigotry is to come together as a university community and fight for a welcoming and safe campus for all. As such, at a Monday meeting of UMSU Students Council, student representatives endorsed the Stand Against Racism & Islamophobia: Fraser Anning Resign! rally organised by the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism. We encourage all students to attend – the event link can be found here.

Immediately preceding this, the UMSU People of Colour Department will be hosting a vigil to commemorate the victims of Christchurch, and show solidarity to the wider Muslim community. The event can be found here.

If anyone is in the university community is in need of support, is feeling unsafe, or has experienced discrimination on campus, we encourage you to seek help at;

You can also report personal experiences of discrimination via the form here

It is everyone’s responsibility to take a stand against Islamophobia, only together can we create the safe and welcoming campus all students deserve.

Molly Willmott
UMSU President