A message from the Chair, why your Vote Matters

November 6, 2018

Pictured here: Haris Khan attends and speaks at a vigil at City College for the victims of the shooting in Pittsburgh. 

November 1, 2018

Dear Student Leaders,


I write this message to you with a very heavy heart. Since I took office on Monday, I have felt the grave uncertainty amongst our students for their personal safety and well being. Arguably, the most deadly attack against the Jewish people in America has resulted in the deaths of eleven people. Furthermore, the discovery of bombs around the nation, targeting national leaders and the media, underscored the turbulent times we face. Several of these devices were not too far from John Jay College and our University Student Senate office. Students were impacted by this threat, scared of their commutes to campus.


We affirm that here in CUNY, hate will not be tolerated. The attacks did not reflect the values of inclusion and tolerance displayed by our students every day. Whether Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Christian or of any other faith, CUNY will always be a safe harbor for all. We will always welcome, celebrate, and cherish our diversity.


As Chairperson of the University Student Senate, I ask our members to create a culture of inclusion on their campuses. In the long-term, that means creating programming that unifies our constituents and in the short-term, that means to encourage our students to go out and vote for CUNY values of inclusion and tolerance, this midterm election and beyond. Regardless of which political ideology you follow, I hope you will lead the way forward as this nation heals.


In solidarity,

Haris Khan


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