Statement on the Swastika at Wellesley College


October 19, 2020

Contact: Avi D. Gordon, Executive Director Alums for Campus Fairness

917-512-4585, [email protected]


Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) is outraged and appalled by the recent antisemitic incident at the Wellesley College, in which a swastika was found on the stones that are part of the Woodland Garden sculpture beside Lake Waban. ACF will not stand by as antisemites target our alma mater.

ACF condemns this blatant show of antisemitism at Wellesley in the strongest possible terms. According to FBI hate crimes statistics, more than half of all hate crimes with a religious bias are directed at Jews. We call on Wellesley to act swiftly to protect Jewish students and ensure that targeted discrimination of the Jewish community will not be tolerated.

We thank President Johnson for her statement that “Wellesley College emphatically condemns anti-Semitism and hate in any form.” ACF strongly agrees that “symbols of hate have no place on our campus” and we call on the Wellesley administration to join the community in working tirelessly to eradicate antisemitism from campus.

ACF will continue to be actively engaged in taking action in response to this developing situation.


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