IECA advocates for religious tolerance and inclusion and condemn all forms of antisemitism, extremism, hate, and bigotry. We believe no one should feel attacked or marginalized because of their religious beliefs, and that every student, family, and colleague should be treated with kindness, acceptance, and respect.

Disturbingly, antisemitism remains a persistent and serious problem in the US and globally. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that attacks on Jewish people and sites in the US were committed at record high levels in 2021, including hundreds at colleges and universities. We at IECA are deeply troubled by this intolerance and offer our support and empathy to our Jewish students, families, members, and affiliated professionals.

IECA is committed to helping families of all backgrounds have access to skilled and ethical academic or therapeutic guidance and to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We welcome all individuals, regardless of age, citizenship status, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, learning differences, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Our work to promote equity, fairness, and inclusion must be constant.

We urge our members and colleagues to recognize and respond to instances of antisemitism, bigotry, and hate. Here are resources to help you take action today:

As leaders in education, we have an opportunity to model leadership that is focused on unity, support, and action. We must do our part to build a more tolerant, inclusive, and socially just society.

8 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. The news from L.A. this week continued this disturbing trend. We must all do our part.

  2. I’m glad to see IECA responding to this issue and addressing its on-going prevalence and significance on college campuses, as well as in major cities. We need to better understand and review the studies that show why the campus climate is so hostile for Jewish students and from where that sentiment is emanating.

  3. I am proud to be an IECA member. My parents emigrated from Denmark to the US to flee occupation by the Nazi’s during WW2. My almost 97 year old dad has educated me to continue learning and teaching – to speak out and make sure these atrocities are never repeated. Yet here we are. Thank you IECA!

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