Addressing Antisemitism

Addressing Antisemitism

Antisemitism is hostility towards or prejudice against Jewish people. In recent years, we have seen a rise in displays of swastikas (banners, clothing), Holocaust denials, and white supremacist bias against Jewish people. When these displays are in public places in and around Davis, they are especially disturbing. It is incumbent upon all of us to be active and not passive when we see antisemitism, disrespect, racism, or bigotry. It is important to consider that antisemitism comes from a diverse array of political perspectives — from conservative to progressive — and that the more covert forms generate deep discomfort and fear. The lessons of history are clear: ending antisemitism requires all of us to step up and stand up. 

White supremacy, hate and intimidation have no place here.

Chancellor May's Statement on Aug 28, 2022

A message from UC President Drake denouncing Antisemitism, bigotry and hate

"I have been deeply disturbed by a recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents at college campuses across California — including UC DavisSacramento StateSan Francisco State, and American River College. These events are happening in the midst of a troubling rise in anti-Semitic activity nationwide. I join leaders in California and across the nation in condemning these cowardly and hateful acts in the strongest terms.Read the full statement >

What is UC Davis doing to address hate and harassment?

Learn more about our Hate Free initiatives:

Hate Free UC Davis 

Hate Free Together

We all have a role to play in the fight against hate. —

UC Davis Stands Up

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported earlier this year1 that antisemitic behavior has increased 34 percent from the previous year, with 2,717 incidents nationwide in 2021. These numbers are the highest the ADL has seen in nearly half a century.” —shared by Chancellor May in a statement published by the Davis Enterprise, and in his campus statement “Standing Against Hate.”

Supporting our Jewish Community

Examples of Recent UC Davis Programming
External Resources


Thank you for removing the hyphen in antisemitism! See why here.

The UC Davis Advisory Council on Jewish Life meets quarterly with the Chancellor. 


We are grateful for the collaborative input on this page from:

Sheri AtkinsonAssociate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Campus Community and Retention Services, UC Davis
Rachel DarlingExecutive Director of the Hillel at Davis and Sacramento
Naomi GreenspanDirector, Improving the Campus Climate Initiative, Academic Engagement Network
Rivka Keith, President, Student Board, Hillel at Davis and Sacramento
Ari KelmanProfessor, Department of History, UC Davis
Carly Klinger, Student and member of Aggies for Israel, UC Davis
Dylan Marks, Graduate Student, UC Davis School of Law and member of Jewish Law Student Association
Arina Nisanova, Graduate Student, UC Davis School of Medicine and member of Jewish Medical Student Association

This page is a work in progress, and will be updated regularly. Last updated May 2024. Any additional requests for revisions or additions to this resource page will go through a review process in consultation with our UC Davis Jewish Studies program. Thank you for your interest. 

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