Combating hate

Dear members of the Temple community, 

As we head into fall break, we remain unwavering in our commitment to keeping our community safe. Incidents of antisemitism, Islamophobia and other acts of hate have risen across the country in recent weeks. Here at Temple, we are taking steps to ensure that every member of our community is safe and knows that they are a valuable part of our campus identity.  

We are committed to supporting every member of our community during this time. We know that many people are unsettled and distressed by recent events in the Middle East, globally and in our own region. No one at Temple should feel unable to share their opinion, and no individual should be excluded, threatened or feel targeted based on their identity. University resources for support and reporting concerns are available to every member of the Temple community, and we encourage you to seek out and make use of these resources when you need them.   

Temple unequivocally condemns antisemitism, Islamophobia and other acts of hatred and discrimination against any person in the strongest possible terms. We are at our best when our students, faculty and staff come together. We believe in our community’s ability to support one another, without fear or judgment. We are committed to the goal of strength through inclusivity. 

I invite you to learn more about Temple’s Messages for Peace. This important, ongoing project launched by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) and the Division of Student Affairs provides campus community members the opportunity to write anonymous notes of reconciliation and healing as we reflect on the continuing crisis and violence in Israel and Gaza.  

We also continue to seek guidance from the report of our Blue Ribbon Commission on Antisemitism and University Responses as well as other Temple resources, such as the Interfaith Inclusion Center, the Interfaith Council and the Center for Anti-Racism. We know that dialogue and education are among the most critical tools for combating intolerance, ignorance and discrimination. The recommendations and counsel we have received have informed how we work with affected students, faculty and staff. 

As this situation evolves, we will adapt and continue to provide the support and resources that our students, faculty and staff need. It is my promise that our approach will always be guided by our fundamental mission to educate in a safe, collaborative community that fosters inclusion and acceptance.  


Richard M. Englert