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Statement on the Violence in Iran

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President's Office
By Emily Carr University

Posted on October 03, 2022 | Updated October 03, 2022, 12:12pm

Filed in Faculty, Staff, Students

A message from President Gillian Siddall.

On behalf of Emily Carr University, I wish to express my deepest concern over the ongoing violence in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini.

We stand with the women of Iran and with the civilian protestors braving injury and worse to show solidarity against persecution and discrimination.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by these events, for whom this may be a traumatic time. To any students who need support, trauma-informed counselling services are available to you free of charge. To book a confidential appointment, email

For ECU staff and faculty, employee and family assistance services are available online at or by phone at 1.844.880.9142 (TTY 1.877.338.0275). These services are free and confidential.

A list of further resources and community supports is available online, including 24-hour crisis supports, distress supports and free/reduced-cost counselling.

For those students who find themselves financially affected by the situation in Iran, ECU offers a variety of funding support. We have advisors in the Financial Aid + Awards office who can provide all the information you need, plus resources online. You can connect with Financial Aid + Awards staff by email or by booking an appointment with an advisor.

And if you are on campus, please take a moment to engage with the artwork titled One Hour of Silence for Mahsa, by ECU student Parnian Anaa. It is located in the main foyer of the university, on Level 2 near the front entrance.

Gillian Siddall

President + Vice-Chancellor

Emily Carr University