Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Standing with the MSU Community, and supporting each other

MSU Campus sign

Dear HFC Community,

Our hearts go out to the community in East Lansing after the violence at Michigan State University last night. All of us grieve for the loss of life and the trauma to the MSU community.

We send our deep condolences and support to the families and friends of those who were killed or wounded.

Many of us are connected to MSU in numerous ways, including sharing our educational mission. As educational partners, we are thinking about and praying for our friends and family who are Spartans.

I have written too many of these messages over the years. These senseless acts of violence are always tragic, and they are happening too often. As this event happened in our beloved state, I know many of you are feeling sorrow and trauma. I want you to know that we at Henry Ford College are here to listen to and support you.

Our Counseling Services are here for all students as individuals or in groups. Check your email for details of sessions scheduled for next week.

Our Employee Assistance Program is available for all employees through HR.

I am here for you. Just tell me how I can help.

This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with our own Campus Safety procedures. Please confirm you have signed up for HFC Alerts. Review our emergency procedures and overall safety recommendations.

If you have personal concerns you want to share, please reach out to me or any leader at HFC.

The best thing we can do at a time like this is to rely on our strength as a diverse and caring learning community. It is important to stay connected and to share what you are feeling, and to listen to what others around you are feeling.

By listening and connecting, you can let others know that we stand together and support each other, especially during these difficult times. Please take this time to reach outward, and to take solace in the humanity and care that we all share.

I am here to support you. Thank you for all you are doing to support each other during this difficult time in our state and our country.

Russ Kavalhuna