DEI materials include claim that “unlike other minority groups, Jews can hide behind their white identity”
At Stanford University in California, Jewish employees have filed a complaint with state and federal authorities, alleging that the school’s diversity program has created a hostile environment for them.
They claim that the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” program does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do.
Aaron Bandler reports at Jewish Journal:
Complaint Alleges Stanford’s Diversity Program “Has Advanced Anti-Semitic Tropes”
A complaint filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) alleges that Stanford University’s diversity program “has created and fostered a hostile and unwelcoming environment for Jews.”
The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law announced on June 15 that they are among those representing Dr. Ronald Albucher and Sheila Levin, both of whom are Jewish employees at Stanford’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) division. According to the complaint, which was obtained by the Journal, CAPS employees were required to attend weekly meetings starting in January 2020 as part of the division’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) program.
The program “created racially segregated affinity groups” between white individuals and people of color; no such group was created for Jewish employees. Levin didn’t want to join the white group because she does not view herself as having a “white identity,” yet her colleagues continuously pressured her to join the white group. When she filed a complaint to a redacted individual, she was told nothing could be done about it.
The examples provided by Bandler in his report are despicable, and make it sound as though some members of the diversity program saw claims of anti-Semitism as a form of competition:
In February 2020, Albucher’s colleagues accused him of having “inherent privilege” and “co-opting the [DEI] meeting” because he hadn’t read Robin Diangelo’s book “White Fragility,” which the DEI program encouraged employees to read. He too filed a complaint that was not acted upon.
The complaint then addresses a May 16, 2020 virtual town hall for Stanford’s student government candidates that was interrupted, or “Zoombombed,” with swastikas and the “N-word.” In a DEI seminar addressing the matter a few days later, DEI members frequently raised concerns over the racist content of the Zoombombing, but not the antisemitism associated with the swastikas. When Albucher pointed out the disparity, DEI members accused him “of trying to derail the agenda’s focus on anti-Black racism” and that “unlike other minority groups, Jews can hide behind their white identity.”
Gabe Stutman of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has more on this:
Stanford diversity programs are creating a ‘hostile climate’ for Jews in the workplace, staffers charge in federal complaint
Dr. Ronald Albucher, a psychiatrist and associate professor in the medical school, and Sheila Levin, a therapist specializing in eating disorders, describe being pressed into joining a “whiteness” affinity group by staffers with the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, or DEI, being told they were “privileged” and seeing antisemitic incidents downplayed…
The complaint also details other alleged incidents of harassment and intimidation, including one DEI representative stating that she “takes an anti-Zionist approach to social justice.” Both staffers say in the complaint that they eventually stopped participating in DEI seminars.
Stanford undoubtedly prides itself on its commitment to diversity.
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