CUNY Collabs with Campus Climate Group to Address Antisemitism

BROOKLYN COLLEGE–CUNY partnered with Campus Climate Initiative, a program led by Hillel International, to address the nationwide rise of antisemitic incidents. Seven campuses, including Brooklyn College, aim to improve campus experiences for Jewish students, raise understanding of antisemitism through training and formalize reports of incidents, among other plans.

“Through Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative (CCI), the Tanger Hillel looks forward to working closely with the Brooklyn College and CUNY administration to ensure a positive campus climate where Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity and values, free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization,” said Yelena Azriyel, assistant director of BC’s Tanger Hillel, in a statement to the Vanguard on behalf of her organization.   

Antisemitic harassment incidents rose by 43% in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which categorizes harassment as verbal or written attacks with slurs, stereotypes, and antisemitic conspiracy theories against Jewish people or those perceived to be Jewish. In New York, 149 antisemitic incidents were recorded from January to June 2022 by the NYPD