About

Our Mission Statement

Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is a not-for-profit corporation that organizes alumni to fight the anti-Semitism that is infecting university and college campuses, and promotes open and fair dialogue on campus regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.  ACF works in partnership with StandWithUs.

ACF mobilizes alumni to press their alma maters to provide: (i) a safe and welcoming environment for students and faculty who feel a connection to Israel; and (ii) a comprehensive education, rather than activist propaganda, especially with respect to Israel.

We believe that alumni are important stakeholders in their university/college communities. Yet many alumni, even those actively involved with their alma maters, are unaware of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel which are spreading across campuses in the United States. Alumni are unaware that BDS and its supporters among faculty and students have created an increasingly toxic anti-Israel environment on campus, one which often encourages both open and subtle forms of bullying of the pro-Israel student community, as well as an increase in anti-Semitism.

ACF educates alumni across the United States so that they will be aware if BDS is making an impact at their alma maters. ACF also serves as a mentor and clearinghouse for alumni to organize into individual campus groups which in turn act effectively at their alma maters to fight anti-Semitism and promote greater fairness to Israel and its supporters. ACF provides advice for creating and structuring such groups, and helps them determine and implement the strategies that will work best at their particular campuses. ACF also provides a means by which alumni groups at various campuses can share experiences and insights.

ACF  does not take official positions on political issues regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, other than its commitment to the existence of Israel as a Jewish homeland with safe and secure borders.

 

ACF Leadership

Through their experiences at Vassar College, ACF leadership has developed real tools to share with ACF's alumni chapters. These include ways to: organize the alumni; identify sympathetic faculty members; gather information regarding the campus atmosphere; develop effective communication with the administration and board of trustees; and use social media and the press to increase alumni impact.

Mark Banschick, MD – ACF co- founder

Vassar '78, Tel Aviv University Medical School '82, Georgetown University Psychiatric Residency '85, and New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Child Fellowship '88. Dr. Banschick writes regularly for Psychology Today.

Susan Julien-Levitt – ACF co-founder

Vassar '82, New York University/Leonard N. Stern School of Business MBA '88. Past Vice President in corporate banking and finance at National Australia Bank, Bank of America, and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Laurie R. Josephs – ACF co- founder

Vassar '78, Harvard Law School '81. Formerly counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Co-founder of Fairness to Israel alumni group at Vassar College.

Jerry Rothstein - Committee Member

Art Center College of Design ‘72. Co-founder, COO and Marketing Director of StandWithUs, Founder of R&M Marketing and President of Infowit Software.

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