The Global Islamic Studies Center, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum stand in solidarity and sympathy with the people of Turkey and Syria and all those affected by the earthquake of Feb. 6, 2023. This is a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people, and we wish to express our profound sorrow and concern over the tragic loss of life and widespread destruction that the earthquake and aftershocks have inflicted. We express our sincere condolences for those who are grieving, and we call on all parties engaged in Syria to allow the unrestricted flow of humanitarian assistance to those in need.

For all who would like to support the rescue efforts, information about aid organizations responding to the crisis can be found here and here.

Resources for those affected by the Earthquake

We would also like to remind U-M students at all levels that Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available for those students who are suffering in response to the situation. To see our Counselor on Duty for urgent/crisis needs, please call 734-764-8312 or visit the CAPS Central Campus Office (4th Floor Michigan Union). Support for U-M employees is available from Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) or for Michigan Medicine employees from the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience. The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is also available to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation such as this. More information can be found here.


Murad Idris
Interim Director, Global Islamic Center
Associate Professor, Political Science