August 13, 2020
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
On Wednesday, August 12th, President Thrasher published “An Update on Antisemitism and Religious Discrimination”, addressing the rise in antisemitism at Florida State and relevant concerns raised by the Jewish community.
Over the last two months, Florida State took tangible steps in combating antisemitism on campus. This includes:
- the adoption of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism by the FSU Student Body Executive Cabinet,
- the creation of a task force to review Jewish student life on campus and develop recommendations for Vice President Hecht to consider,
- the adoption of annual antisemitism-oriented training for staff in the Division of Student Affairs.
ACF applauds the leadership of President Thrasher and looks forward to working with the administration to create a positive environment for Jewish and Pro Israel students on campus.
According to FBI hate crimes statistics, more than half of all hate crimes with a religious bias are directed at Jews, while Jews represent only two to three percent of the total US population. ACF is dedicated to combating antisemitism on campus, and the Florida State community must work together to ensure the safety and success of Jewish students and allies. This is an important first step in creating change at Florida State.
About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is America’s unified alumni voice on issues of antisemitism, demonization of Israel, and bigotry. With over forty chapters, ACF positions thousands of alumni on the front lines of key issues at their alma maters and works to ensure that universities remain pillars of open dialogue and equal opportunity for all students. For more information, please visit www.campusfairness.org.