- For many Jews, we identify as Jewish independent of our faith or religious practice. Curriculum for SEM 100 needs to be updated to understand that Judaism, for many, is both a cultural identity, ethnic identity, and religion
- Training for faculty and staff to recognize Jewish identity in the curriculum and implement such recognition, as well as when interacting with students with this identity
- Implement anti-Semitism training that has been developed, reviewed, and deemed ready
- To include awareness of micro-aggression
- To work towards including this training in University spaces, such as Fraternities and Sororities, when other diversity trainings are being offered.
Lead Responsible Party
Chris Johnson, Associate Provost
- The working group is finalizing plans to roll out additional anti-Semitic training in collaboration with the Office of Student Living.
- Training dates for fall 2021 are being planned.
- Anti-Semitism training has been completed for spring 2021.
December 2020 and January 2021
- Anti-Semitism training dates for student groups (including Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Athletics, Barnes Center, registered student organizations) are set for Feb. 18 and March 2.
The working group provided an update to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is planning a strategy to increase facilitators in advance of fall 2021 full implementation.
October and November 2020
- An SU News story on the new anti-Semitism training ran on Oct. 19. A successful pilot of the anti-Semitism training was held on Oct. 21. All of the participants reported that the training helped them learn the essential elements of the topic and that the training was a good use of their time.
The anti-Semitism training will be offered remotely to students in spring 2021, with full implementation planned for fall 2021 when in-person training is again permitted.
- A run-through of the final presentation of the anti-Semitism training was held on Sept. 9. Twenty-five students will be able to participate in the pilot session.
- Facilitators have been identified (a Hillel student; Deka Dancil, manager of bias response and education; and Rabbi Joel Goldstein) to conduct the pilot presentation scheduled for Oct. 21.
A run-through of the final presentation, with the approved facilitator's guide, was scheduled for Sept. 9. Twenty-five students will be identified to participate in the pilot session. Dancil is coordinating an announcement of the program with Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience communications staff.
- Hillel Executive Director Jillian Juni and Rabbi Joel Goldstein solicited Jewish students to review content of an additional interactive 90-minute training session and finalized the content on July 20. The final training format and facilitator guide are expected mid-August. The pilot, scheduled for October, will be virtual. The Anti-Semitism Roundtable (Juni, Deka Dancil, Goldstein, Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, Diane Wiener) has been working on this module. Leaders are working on outreach plans for the Residence Hall Association, resident advisors and Greek life, to name a few.
- Anti-Semitism customizations were incorporated into the EVERFI DEI module as part of the launch on May 18 to incoming students. Five percent of students have completed the DEI module in May (178 out of 3,727). Students will continue to complete the module as they are enrolled and leading up to the July 1 deadline. The work continues to offer this training in other University spaces.
- A working group has been assembled to draft and review anti-Semitic training through Everfi. The group includes Rob Hradsky, vice president for the student experience; Jorge Castillo, interim director, LGBT Resource Center; James Duah-Agyeman, eirector, Office of Multicultural Affairs; Elizabeth Taets Von Amerongen, director, Disability Cultural Center; Deka Dancil, manager, Bias Response and Education; Jillian Juni, executive director, Syracuse Hillel; Katelyn Cowan, director, Health Promotion; and Rachel Evans, assistant director, Health Promotion.
- Discussions continue with Everfi to develop the format of the online module.
- Judaism as an identity is being addressed through the “Identity Wheel” exercise included in the SEM 100 curriculum.
- The recommendation to include training for faculty and staff to recognize Jewish identity in the curriculum and implement such recognition, as well as when interacting with students with this identity, has been referred to Cathryn Newton for incorporation into faculty training programs.
- Leaders from ESE met with Hillel leadership during December and January.
- The updated curriculum covering anti-Semitism will launch this fall using the Everfi platform for delivery to students.