September 17, 2013
Dear Hillel friends,
This past Sunday morning, a Jewish student and her African-American roommate discovered that someone had drawn a swastika and the letters KKK on the whiteboard on their suite door.
This news is sad and disappointing for our Hillel community and our entire Elon community. We encourage you to read the response from the Elon University Chaplains to this incident.
The actions of this person do not diminish the dignity, pride, and openness of our community. You have created a place for Judaism at Elon that is welcoming and joyful; despite disappointments such as this one, we are strong. We may feel hurt or discouraged, but we have the power to see this not as a blow to our dignity but as a reminder of how much farther we have to go in educating and advocating for Judaism and other communities of difference in our world.
To follow up on this news, we wanted to share several things with you:
- The Hillel Board is working on a campus-wide event in response to this incident, most likely as part of College Coffee on Tuesday, September 24, with a possible theme of "We are Elon".
- If you ever feel as though you are being singled out because of your identity, it is not acceptable. You have resources who are here to assist you, including: Leigh Ann Royster, Director of Inclusive Community Well-Being at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chaplain Jan Fuller. You can also always phone the SAFEline for Bias Response at 336.278.3333.
- We are always available through email, phone, or at the Hillel Center to talk to you about anything. Seriously, we love you!
Nancy Luberoff & Ginny Vellani
The Sklut Hillel Center is located at 401 E. College Avenue, at the corner of E. College & Antioch, across from the tennis courts
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Rabbi Becky Joseph
Hillel Director and Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life