Hillel at the University of Delaware is aware of the potential hate crime on campus where a swastika was drawn on a poster publicizing a drag queen performance on the door of a Jewish professor. We are deeply disturbed by any anti-Semitic incident on our campus and the rise of these types of events across the country. Hillel is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

We strongly condemn all forms of hate. We stand in solidarity with those who have been targeted and impacted by such acts. We believe that every individual has the right to feel safe and supported, regardless of their identity, religion, ethnicity, or any other characteristic.

To address this issue, we are committed to taking proactive measures to prevent and respond to incidents of hate on our campus. This includes providing support resources for victims and raising awareness about the importance of reporting incidents. We continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies, student organizations, and community partners including the Anti-Defamation League to ensure a swift and comprehensive response to any hate crime that occurs within our university community.

Additionally, we recognize that combating hate requires a collective effort. We will continue to promote education and dialogue on campus, fostering understanding, empathy, and respect among our diverse student body. Through initiatives such as interfaith dialogues, diversity training and cultural celebrations. We strive to create an environment that celebrates differences and actively combats prejudice and discrimination.

We encourage all members of our community to be vigilant and report any incidents of hate they witness or experience. By standing united against hate, we aim to create a campus environment that is safe, respectful, and supportive for all. Together, we can build a community that values the well-being of every individual within our university family.

We appreciate the University's strong and unwavering support for our community and their response to this incident. Fatimah Conley, Chief Diversity Officer at the University and I will be convening a task force to discuss ways in which we as a University community can help address the rise in incidents of hate on our campus. If you would like to be part of this discussion, please fill out this form so that we can be in touch.
Donna Schwartz
Executive Director