January 2, 2024
Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness
917-512-4585, [email protected]
Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) welcomes Claudine Gay’s resignation as president of Harvard University. Harvard has recently gained international notoriety as a hotbed of antisemitism, and Gay failed in her basic responsibility to create a safe environment for Jewish students and faculty.
In the aftermath of the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, under Gay’s leadership, Harvard released late, grossly inadequate statements and failed to condemn an antisemitic statement signed by over 30 student groups. During her December 5 Congressional testimony, Gay refused to explicitly affirm a call for violence against Jews goes against Harvard’s policies, instead replying that it “depends on the context.”
ACF-Harvard has continued to urge the university to support its Jewish students and faculty and combat rising campus antisemitism.
“Claudine Gay's departure was essential to address the failed leadership and antisemitism at Harvard. There is a substantial amount of work ahead, and our ACF-Harvard chapter is eager to collaborate with the incoming leadership to restore Harvard as a safe and welcoming campus for Jewish students,” said Avi D. Gordon, executive director of ACF.
College and university leaders across the country are reevaluating their own policies and attitudes towards antisemitism – and rightfully so. All institutions that have not done so already should adopt the internationally accepted IHRA definition of antisemitism and make resources available for training staff and students alike.
About ACF: Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) leverages the unique power of alumni to combat antisemitism on college campuses. ACF helps organize and cultivate alumni chapters for colleges and universities across the country, equipping members with tools, tactics, and training to proactively engage with administrators. Learn more at www.campusfairness.org.