A Message from Wharton Dean Erika James

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Wharton community – As you likely are aware, on Saturday morning, Israel was attacked by Hamas. Over the next 48 hours, the unsettling assault has led to escalating death tolls, fear, and devastation. The sorrow and concern so many of us are feeling on behalf of those affected is palpable.

Wharton unequivocally condemns the atrocious assault against Israel and declares our solidarity with those suffering in the wake of such violence. It is our hope that all impacted communities can find refuge quickly and safely, for themselves and their loved ones during these troubling times.

Wharton is a diverse, vibrant community more than 100,000 strong, existing within a worldly society of growing, complex interconnectedness. In educating student leaders to be engaged, global citizens, we acknowledge the instability and distress such incidents cause, and stand alongside those in need as the severity of this situation continues to unfold.

The University is working with Penn Global, University Life, and the Office of the University Chaplain to provide support resources for Penn students at home and abroad in Israel. Plans for a number of University-led convenings are in the works with information forthcoming, but we encourage anyone seeking immediate assistance to utilize Penn Wellness or other student and faculty/staff services.


Erika James


Erika H. James, Dean
Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6364