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Response to UCI Chancellor Gillman Statement

Response to UC Irvine Chancellor Gillman Regarding His Statement Outlining Intentions Towards Implementation of “All Elements” of the Regents Statement


August 16, 2016


Dear Chancellor Gillman,

Our 36 Jewish and civil rights organizations representing hundreds of thousands of members nationwide, many of them in the UC community, thank you for your recent statement to the campus community outlining the actions that the university will take to “ensure the full implementation of all elements of the Regents’ statement.” These actions are constructive, and we commend you for your leadership as the first UC chancellor to take pro-active steps towards implementing the Regents’ important statement.

As you know, the UC Regents’ statement was a response to a serious and growing problem of anti-Semitism on many UC campuses. The statement acknowledged that “opposition to Zionism often is expressed in ways that are not simply statements of disagreement over politics and policy, but also assertions of prejudice and intolerance toward Jewish people and culture,” and further asserted that anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic anti-Zionism are forms of discrimination that “have no place at the University of California.”

We look forward to hearing in mid-October further details about how UC Irvine will make educating the campus community about anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism a priority, consistent with the Regents’ statement, and we stand ready to help.


Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)
Alums for Campus Fairness
AMCHA Initiative
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
American Institute for Jewish Research
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
BEAR: Bias Education, Advocacy & Resources
Club Z
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
CUFI on Campus
Davis Faculty for Israel
Eagles Wings
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Fuel For Truth
Hasbara Fellowships
Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel
Iranian American Jewish Federation
Israel Peace Initiative (IPI)
Jerusalem U
Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA)
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations   
Project Genesis
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi 
Stop BDS on Campus
Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism
Students Supporting Israel at UC Irvine
Students Supporting Israel at UCLA
The Israel Christian Nexus
The Israel Group
Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)
Zionist Organization of America


Cc:  Michael R. Arias, Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff
Enrique J. Lavernia, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Jeff Lefkoff, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor
Douglas M. Haynes, Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Thomas A. Partham, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Edward Dormitorio, Chief of Staff / Communications
Diane F. Geocaris, Chief Campus Counsel
UC Board of Regents
Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate
Senator Marty Block, Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus

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