A broad coalition of more than 100 institutions of higher education, including public and private, faith-based, and historically Black colleges and universities have joined together to stand against terrorism.
The coalition members have signed onto a clear statement based on core unifying principles – Hamas is a terrorist organization and the Palestinian people are not represented by Hamas. In fact, they are being harmed by Hamas.
As we can sadly anticipate, this is a crisis that will intensify in the weeks and months ahead. University presidents from around the country are signing on to this coalition, and utilizing our statement as part of their toolbox to help support all of the students on their campuses.
We encourage presidents and chancellors of all U.S. and global colleges and universities to join the effort by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Stand Together With Israel Against Hamas
We are horrified and sickened by the brutality and inhumanity of Hamas. Murdering innocent civilians including babies and children, raping women and taking the elderly as hostages are not the actions of political disagreement but the actions of hate and terrorism. The basis of all universities is a pursuit of truth, and it is times like these that require moral clarity. Like the fight against ISIS, the fight against Hamas is a fight against evil. We, the presidents and chancellors of universities, colleges and higher education associations across the United States of America and the world, stand with Israel, with the Palestinians who suffer under Hamas’ cruel rule in Gaza and with all people of moral conscience.
Coalition Founders (alphabetical order)
Ari Berman, President, Yeshiva University
Terrence Cheng, Chancellor, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University
Rochelle L. Ford, President, Dillard University
Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami
Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University
Jay Hartzell, President, University of Texas at Austin
Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges, and Universities
John I. Jenkins, President, University of Notre Dame
Kenneth A. Jessell, President, Florida International University
Alan Kadish, President, Touro University
John B. King, Chancellor, The State University of New York
Ronald D. Liebowitz, President, Brandeis University
Linda Livingstone, President, Baylor University
Michael L. Lomax, President, United Negro College Fund
Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, The City University of New York
Richard McCullough, President, Florida State University
Marty Meehan, President, University of Massachusetts
Robert C. Robbins, President, University of Arizona
Kim Schatzel, President, University of Louisville
Gerald Turner, President, Southern Methodist University