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A message from the Dean about racist and anti-Semitic sentiments
November 6, 2017


Dear Members of the Rutgers School of Social Work Community:

In recent days, there have been troubling incidents on our campus and in local communities related to anti-Semitic, racist, and white supremacist sentiments. Any events that threaten our university community have an effect on us all, and deserve a response. Here at the School of Social Work, we stand against all incendiary speech or actions meant to create a divide among people in our diverse, multi-cultural, multi-faith community. As social workers, we stand for social justice here at Rutgers, in our communities, nation and world.

Our University has also been very clear that these events are antithetical to who we are as a community.  As they have stated, “Rutgers University condemns all acts and statements of bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy, which have no place in our society or on our campus.” (To read the full text of the statement, please go here).

Each generation gets defining moments in history to speak or stand complicit.  These are such times for us. I know you will join the social work community here in New Jersey as we choose to raise our voices together.  This is the time to speak for justice. 


Cathryn C. Potter
Dean and Distinguished Professor

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