What is North Carolina Hillel doing about it?
NC Hillel leadership continues to build long-term, trusting partnerships with senior university administrators, working closely to ensure the safety and prosperity of Jewish students, including:
- At UNC-Chapel Hill, we have been in regular communication with the chancellor, provost, multiple vice chancellors and deans, and chief of campus police. Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz recently had dinner with students at UNC Hillel to learn from them firsthand. On April 11, Hillel at UNC-Chapel Hill hosted Dr. Marc Dollinger, an expert on anti-Semitism on college campuses. He delivered a public lecture, attended by the provost, and met with groups of students and faculty.
- At NC State, Hillel has emerged as a campus leader in interfaith work and university-wide collaboration; after the swastika appeared, Hillel worked closely with administration to ensure a swift university response. NC Hillel is planning for student event in the fall that address these issues, including a dinner series called "Real Conversation About Differences."
- When Tamika Mallory came to UNC-Asheville, NC Hillel’s Director of Statewide Initiatives met with students, faculty, and Chancellor Nancy Cable to discuss the importance of including the Jewish community in cultural diversity initiatives.
- At Appalachian State, Hillel responded to anti-Semitic graffiti in the Free Expression Tunnel by spearheading a campus-wide program together with AEPi. This program, “Two Days Against Hate,” included hundreds of students signing a pledge against hate, student-led conversations about differences, a speaker from the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation, and discussions with a reformed white supremacist and KKK member who is now an anti-racism activist.
- At other campuses, including UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, East Carolina, and Guilford College, NC Hillel continues to strengthen relationships with senior leadership.
- Meanwhile, NC Hillel is exploring ways to address these issues systematically, across our campuses, recently discussing these challenges with Interim UNC-System President Dr. Bill Roper.
- NC Hillel is also in regular communication with campus police across the state, local police departments, and the FBI, to safeguard our students’ physical safety.
And throughout the semester, Hillel staff met with students and listened to their concerns. For example, Rabbi Melissa Simon hosted multiple student discussions, creating spaces for students to share and process their thoughts and feelings.
Most important of all, Hillel has created opportunities for students to experience meaningful celebrations of Judaism and Israel.NC Hillel built Jewish communities across the state, connecting with over 1,000 Jewish students this yearthrough holiday celebrations and social events, leadership development and Jewish learning, volunteering and Israel education. Our students have the support of a strong, proud Jewish community. They develop confidence through mentor relationships and gain a richer understanding of Judaism and Israel. This empowers them to be campus-wide leaders and prepares them to face the challenges of anti-Semitism in diverse settings and work towards change on campus and beyond.