Members and allies of the Jewish community rallied on the Student Union Lawn Monday afternoon to condemn the recent bias incidents targeting Jewish students — and to call on the University of Connecticut to take concrete action against antisemitism.
“A Solidarity Gathering to Fight Antisemitism,” organized by UConn Hillel, lasted from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and included speeches from student activists, leaders from the Connecticut Jewish community, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) representatives and UConn President Thomas Katsouleas.
Students urged the university to design a one-credit course to educate students on antisemitism and to present a plan to USG by April 9 to address campus antisemitism.
“A lot of students on campus are disappointed by the university’s approach of making statements and not making any concrete actions,” said Dori Jacobs, a sixth-semester psychology and applied mathematics major and Hillel student board president. “It was great to see Jews and non-Jews coming together to say that antisemitism isn’t acceptable on our campus.”