How many Jews go to UConn?

How many Jews go to UConn?

Apparently not enough!

Connecticut’s mega university has seen a rise in antisemitic behavior on campus.

Moreover, critics wonder if it is time for Jews to consider their safety? When deciding on a possible enrollment at UConn.

On May 31, 2022 the newspaper UConn Today ran the headline:

“Antisemitism ‘Normalized’ in Connecticut and Beyond, Jewish Leaders Say”

In addition NBC Connecticut ran the story a month ago:

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However, the school is trying. President Radenka Maric sent the following out to the UConn community:

“Like other college campuses, UConn is a microcosm of a society that is enriched by the many races, religions, and cultures of its population – but also where friction can sometimes occur when people cannot, or will not, try to understand and embrace those differences.

To be clear, UConn abhors all forms of bias, bigotry, and discrimination, certainly including antisemitism.

The University is actively seeking ways to encourage students to speak out against hate and intolerance against our Jewish community and other groups that face discrimination. We need to help them become peer educators, guided by the faculty expertise we have on campus in dialogue, diversity, and conflict resolution.

One example of that is our free online course, “Why the Jews? Confronting Antisemitism.”

Which has drawn more than 1,600 student registrations and has been featured in several area media outlets. Including recently in this comprehensive article in the Southern New England Jewish Ledger.

There are no easy answers; this wouldn’t continue to be a societal problem if there were. But universities need to be incubators where solutions take shape, rather than places where discriminatory problems fester.

We believe that a just, equitable world starts with having just, equitable local communities such as our campuses. 

As President Maric said in her letter, no one at UConn has the right to “shout down” some or exclude them from aspects of our community. We want all UConn students to feel comfortable openly and proudly celebrating their identities.

At the same time, we need to balance a person’s hate speech with that person’s right to have that as protected free speech. Doing that doesn’t mean UConn condones hate. The incident we recently endured on campus involved balancing someone’s personal bias, including antisemitism, with the rights established by the First Amendment. We are reviewing our protocols/policies to better define when hate speech crosses the line.

At a university where students arrive with their own well-settled biases and opinions, our role is to create civil dialogue for mutual understanding of complex issues and conflicts with the hope of creating a more educated. And respectful citizenry – not only for our campus, but for the communities our students will live in upon graduation. “

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