ADL Statement to US Commission on Civil Rights: Anti-Semitic Incidents on College Campuses
ADL Education, Outreach, and Resources for Campus Communities
Posted: November 18, 2005
The Anti-Defamation League works hard to counteract bigotry and anti-Semitism on campus through the ongoing work of its Department of Campus Affairs/ Higher Education, its Civil Rights Division, Regional Offices and its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. ADL's response to these problems is focused in four distinct areas:
1. Providing services to the campus Jewish community throughout the country in responding proactively and reactively to anti-Semitic crimes and incidents.
2. Providing timely information through the dissemination of ADL research materials, prepared advertisements and speakers.
3. Consulting and offering expertise to the general campus community in responding to other forms of hate on campus.
4. Ongoing programmatic initiatives.
ADL provides a number of specific services to Hillel foundations and other segments of the Jewish community on campus faced with anti-Semitic incidents. These include:
· Making available research materials and documented reports detailing the background and operations of extremist speakers and organizations appearing on many campuses. Such information provides the basis of a national concerted and systematic response to such individuals and groups.
· Consulting with individual Hillel bodies and Jewish groups on the most effective strategies and tactics for responding to such episodes on campus. These often include input from the ADL Legal Affairs Department on effective use of the legal and criminal justice systems to respond to specific situations.
· Serving as a liaison between the Jewish campus community and law enforcement personnel in dealing with hate crimes on campus.
· Visits to specific campuses by ADL professionals who will speak to the campus community and meet with key student, faculty, staff and administrative leaders.
The ADL's Department of Campus Affairs/Higher Education administers a number of national programs that have proven their worth in the field. Such programs not only seek to react to specific crises but also train Hillel staff, faculty and students in specific areas of community relations and crisis response. These include:
Ø The Albert Finkelstein Memorial Campus Editors Mission to Poland and Israel, brings 15 to 20 campus newspaper editors each year to Poland to visit principal sites of the Holocaust, helping them to experience the Middle East first hand and to appreciate the complexity of issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
Ø The Current and Future Leaders Study Mission to Israel brings campus leaders and congressional staffers together for an expert briefing on Israel and the Middle East while visiting Israel.
Ø Our "Responding to Bigotry and Inter-Group Strife on Campus" publication assists college/university presidents in responding to bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism on their campus.
Ø Confronting Anti-Semitism on College and University Campuses helps Jewish students, faculty, and professionals address anti-Semitism on their campuses both proactively and reactively.
The League has also developed a variety of new resources to assist Jewish and pro-Israel campus activists know their rights on campus and to help them advocate against stridently anti-Israel rhetoric. Publications include Responding to Anti-Israel Activities on Campus: Frequently Asked Questions and Fighting Back: A Handbook for Responding to Anti-Israel Rallies on College and University Campuses.
The ADL A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute provides anti-bias education and training on college and university campuses. A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ addresses diversity issues in the college and university campus community. The program helps participants increase their self-awareness and learn to celebrate diversity on campus. The training sessions are designed to enable college campus community members to build a stronger community and make proactive changes regarding the challenges faced on their campus. The Institute's A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE program is an important bridge between the diverse constituencies that exist on our nation's campuses.