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Condemning Anti-Semitism

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Rebecca Chopp

To the University of Denver Community,

It is with great sadness that we write you once again regarding an act of domestic terror that took place this weekend in San Diego. The violent attack on Jews at a synagogue during Passover, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, was meant to instill terror and fear during a time of worship, a time when peace and reflection is intended. We grieve for members of the Jewish community who were killed and for those who were wounded.

At a time when we are experiencing a surge in global anti-Semitism and its resulting violence, the University of Denver denounces such hate and invites all members of our community to come together in support and strength. During times like these, let us all check in with our friends, colleagues and fellow students. Let us support one other. Below you will find a list of resources, some of which are available 24 hours a day.

 Campus Resources 

- The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) provides many medical and mental health services, including crisis and after-hours support. All DU students have access to crisis services at the HCC, regardless of insurance coverage (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie  Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N). 

- The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, in collaboration with University partners, fosters an environment of equal opportunity and equity for students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of educational programming and employment and is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation.

- The International Student Support Program, known as My SSP is free to use and offers online resources and International Student Support Counselors that can help you succeed while studying in the United States. You can connect with an International Student Counselor who speaks your language, understands your culture and can help you address the unique challenges you face when studying in another country. 

- For Jewish spiritual guidance or support, a partial list of local synagogues and Rabbis across a variety of denominations can be found here. For Jewish support near campus, contact Simi Adler at the campus Hillel ([email protected]) or Rabbi Serebryanski ([email protected]).

- If you need help coordinating a response of your own or programming, contact the Office of Cultural & Spiritual Life (OSCL) at [email protected]

Student Outreach & Support is a University resource where trained staff members ensure that students are connected to appropriate campus resources, have a plan of action to meet their goals, and learn how to navigate challenging situations. The Student Support Pathway can be activated by completing a report at carereport.du.edu or by calling 303-871-2400 to consult.

- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership, guidance and resources in support of the University’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive institution. To contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please email [email protected].

- Employee Assistance Program: Benefited DU employees are eligible for the EAP, which offers up to six counseling sessions each fiscal year. These individual sessions are available at no cost. Call 303-871-2205 and follow the prompts for an after-hours counselor on call.

At DU, we deeply care about each other, and we work to foster a community whose members may rely on one another for support. In this time, we unite together in strength and compassion with our Jewish friends and colleagues.  


Sincerely,

Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor

Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor