Alyza Lewin, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, gave an outstanding presentation in the CAEF webinar, March 24th. There are many challenges for students in colleges and universities across Canada and the US in today's very politicized environment. Many are rooted in lies and hatred towards Israel, denial of Zionism as part of one's Jewish identity, and mischaracterizing Jews, Judaism and Israel. Alyza Lewin offers some deep insights and responses.
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Many good questions were submitted to Alyza during the webinar, and were forwarded to her, but she has not had time to deal with all of them. Below are jer responses to two questions.
"In response to the one question about Title VI under the Trump administration and the Biden administration: The Executive Order on Combatting Anti-Semitism that was issued by the Trump Administration in Dec 2019 remains in effect today.
A page with Q&A about the Executive Order is on the Department of Education Website.
Questions and Answers on Executive Order 13899 (Combatting Anti-Semitism and OCR’s Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. Dep’t Educ.–Office for C.R. (Jan. 19, 2021))
The Biden administration also recently opened a Title VI investigation of Brooklyn College in response to a complaint filed by the Brandeis Center. More details available here. More details available here.
The Brandeis Center's Brooklyn College Title VI complaint is available here.
In regards to what can be done to counter the problems experienced in California with the “liberated” ethnic studies curriculum, I recommend the work of the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies (ACES) and the work of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values"