May 27, 2021

SMC Stands Against Antisemitism

Dr. Kathryn Jeffery

Dear SMC Community:

Recent hate-driven incidents in Los Angeles and throughout the nation have targeted Jewish individuals. Antisemitism will not be tolerated in the Santa Monica College community. I want to again reaffirm that SMC does not condone hate in any form. In line with our “No Hate” position, SMC stands firmly against antisemitism just as the college stands against all forms of discrimination and hate.

The SMC Board of Trustees, most recently at their meeting on April 6, 2021, reiterated that prominent among this college’s values are mutual respect and restated that SMC will remain a safe environment for all students and personnel; the Board resolution also reaffirmed that the College denounces hate speech or actions.

This is an incredibly difficult time for many students and colleagues—across political and religious affiliations—and comes at a polarized moment in history, rife with violence and violent rhetoric that has its roots in a conflict outside our domestic borders. SMC’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion implies that we cannot allow hatred or discrimination to enter our teaching-learning environment. This community is an incredible tapestry of diversity; even in fraught times, I stand confident that we at Santa Monica College can demonstrate ​our shared values of mutual respect and trust.

Please make note of the following resources for students & employees:

  • Students: Please make use of the 24/7 emotional support line: 800-691-6003. And reach out to the SMC Center for Wellness & Wellbeing if any of the current events affect and distress you personally.
  • Employees: Free, confidential counseling services/referrals are available to you through the EASE (Employee Assistance Service for Education) Program at 1-800 882-1341.
  • If you see something (at SMC), say something: File an Unlawful Discrimination complaint.

As the “No Hate at SMC” pledge states, the college will not accept intolerance based on race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexuality, gender, religion, ability, age, or socio-economic status. I implore us all to work towards a college community and world that is more inclusive and safe for everyone.

Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.