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Dear SDSU community,

We are continuing our plans for more collaboration and much needed progress in support of members of our Jewish community. We write following a report on Friday, June 25, that the Chabad House was vandalized. While this was an appalling act and represents the second time Chabad House has been targeted this year, we want all members of our Jewish community to know: We are with you in anger, but urge you not to allow this incident to make you question your place at SDSU. We are committed to you and to fostering a welcome and inclusive environment for our Jewish students, faculty, staff, and local community partners.

Immediately after learning about the vandalism, many on campus took action to include the following: meeting with Rabbi Chalom Boudjnah to extend support; University Police Department officers initiated an investigation; community members were connected to support services, including counseling and psychological support and ways to report bias-related incidents.

The University Police Department is reviewing video footage and is asking anyone with details to report information to the department by calling 619-594-4636 or emailing [email protected]. Please reference Case# 21-393.

We also quickly convened members of the SDSU Presidential Task Force on Addressing Antisemitism, which was developed earlier this year and began meeting in May. The task force group is specifically charged with developing programs, policies, courses and response efforts to actively address antisemitism, to include a new special topics course in the Jewish Studies Program related to antisemitism in America.

Following Friday’s report, Chabad House hosted a community event of gathering and support. The task force group members recommended and are now organizing a teach-in, which is slated to be scheduled in July. Plans are being finalized for the teach-in, which will be open to all. More details will be shared in faculty, staff and student spaces. Student leaders from Chabad, Hillel and student organizations are also hosting a virtual community dialogue on Sunday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. Hillel will be sharing more event details with members of our community.

Additional plans are forthcoming, as the task force group continues. Their work includes, but is not limited to, providing recommendations on programs, events, and learning opportunities that highlight the history and contributions of those who identify as Jewish. These harmful actions motivate us to do better and forever remind us that we are more powerful together.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Ashley Tejada
Associated Students President

 
 

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