Category Archive: Diversity

Decrying anti-Semitism and all violence motivated by hate

Six months to the day after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and on the last day of Passover, a horrific shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego on Saturday has us again grieving the senseless loss of precious life, terrible injuries and untold trauma. We condemn the anti-Semitism at… Read More

Responding to Anti-Semitism

Postscript to blogpost below: On Friday, April 12, we learned about a video from a musical performance at a three-day “Conflict over Gaza” conference held on campus in March 2019.  We co-sponsored the conference, just as we co-sponsor many campus conferences for which we are not responsible (i.e., don’t participate in… Read More

Guns and threats of violence have no place on this campus

Outrage over disturbing incidents is justified On two of the past three weekends, members of pro-Confederacy groups have visited our campus to continue to protest the toppling and removal of the Confederate soldier monument. I did not write after the first incident because one event, although deplorable, could be an… Read More

Becoming: A refreshing reminder that public service is not the swamp

I have been moved to tears reading parts of Michelle Obama’s autobiographical book, Becoming. It is uplifting and validating to read the unfolding of her and Barack Obama’s intertwined stories. As she tells it, while much was different about their upbringing and childhoods, they shared a devotion to learning, introspection… Read More