I have been deeply disturbed by a recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents at college campuses across California — including UC Davis, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, and American River College. These events are happening in the midst of a troubling rise in anti-Semitic activity nationwide.
I join leaders in California and across the nation in condemning these cowardly and hateful acts in the strongest terms. This bigotry is antithetical to our values as a nation and as a diverse and inclusive University community. As is outlined in our Principles Against Intolerance, the University of California unequivocally rejects all acts of hatred, discrimination and intolerance that demean our differences, sow fear and hostility, and undermine our ability to study, learn and work together. We take such incidents seriously, and we work with law enforcement and other experts to respond as appropriate.
Every day, we seek to nurture an environment where all members of our University community are safe and welcomed, with the space to speak, be heard and be engaged on challenging issues and topics. Creating and maintaining this inclusive space requires all of us to do our part. I urge everyone at the University of California to actively challenge anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, bias and prejudice wherever and whenever they emerge. I also ask UC students, faculty, staff and alumni to stand together in support and solidarity with Jewish community members and all those harmed by hate and discrimination.
Finally, if you experience or witness an incident of harassment or bigotry, please file a report; you may report in a variety of ways, including anonymously. You can also reach out to your campus’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination for additional resources and support services.
We are stronger when we stand together. Thank you for joining me in rejecting these hateful and discriminatory acts, raising awareness and taking action to protect the safety and well-being of all.
Michael V. Drake
President, University of California