Below is a message sent this afternoon to the members of the University of Minnesota registered student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, by Danita Brown Young, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students:
We have been made aware of the recent poster and social media campaign from the Horowitz Freedom Center against the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student group here at the University of Minnesota. I am sorry for the hurt and fear this has caused you and the members of your group. The manner in which this information was promoted on campus, particularly from an off-campus group, is not consistent with our University values or commitment to an inclusive campus environment.
I know the actions of outside individuals have left many of us at the University reeling, me included. I am saddened, maddened and heartbroken by this continued hateful rhetoric that disproportionately affects our marginalized students and community.
This repulsive action weighs heavily on us. We must continue to find ways to discuss these issues, to find ways to come together to fight racism, hate and bias on our campus and in our communities. We, as a campus community, are here to serve and support our students, staff and faculty during these times.
We as a community do NOT accept this incident and we must collectively support each other in our time of need. The UMN Community must continue to work towards positive change.
As always, the safety and wellbeing of University students is our main concern. If you, or any of the members of SJP feel concerned for your safety or need assistance please remember to utilize your University resources.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. EOAA investigates complaints about discrimination; harassment, including sexual harassment; sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence; nepotism; and retaliation.
University of Minnesota Police Department. Calling 911 on campus immediately directs callers to UMPD. In addition, anyone can report concerns or contact UMPD for non-emergencies by calling 612-624-COPS (2677).
Student Counseling Services and Boynton Mental Health offers Crisis and Urgent need counseling as well as has many resources to support your academic success if you feel that is suffering due to any issues you are experiencing.
Please feel free to contact the Office for Student Affairs for any additional support that you may need throughout the year.