Campus Climate Initiative

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Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) works collaboratively with higher education administrators to ensure a positive campus climate in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity and values, free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization. The CCI model involves partnership between the college or university administration, the local Hillel, and the CCI team. It is based on the premise that key administrative leaders play an essential role in effecting broad-based educational and policy change on campus, and that the university-Hillel partnership can lead toward positive changes that will benefit both Jewish students and all students.

Is your campus community seeking to understand and effectively address antisemitism?  Are you dealing with student issues arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  Are you interested in exploring ways your institution can support Jewish students within the context of your diversity, equity and inclusion work?  Hillel’s Campus Climate Initiative offers the opportunity for college and university administrators to seriously explore these topics - and create meaningful action plans - together with a community of peers from institutions around North America. 

According to a recent Hillel-ADL survey, 43% of Jewish students in the United States report having experienced or witnessed antisemitism on their campus, and one-third having personally experienced it. In the past five years, antisemitic incidents on U.S. campuses have tripled. Hillel’s Campus Climate Initiative unique cohort experience is designed to empower university/college administrators to build awareness, allyship, and action around this issue as part of broader efforts to address hate and bias on campus - so that Jewish students can feel comfortable expressing their identity.

Institutions of higher education are invited to apply for Hillel International’s signature CCI Campus Cohort program over the summer prior to each academic year. This collaborative, educational, and practical experience offers university/college administrators on participating campuses, in partnership with their local Hillel professional(s), to engage together with us in:

  • Gathering, assessing, and utilizing data to better understand the current climate for Jewish students in their campus community and to inform strategic next steps
  • Training and empowering university administration and staff to better understand the needs of Jewish students, the diversity of the Jewish community, and the challenges of campus antisemitism
  • Creating and adopting best practice policies, procedures, and programs to address antisemitism and foster a positive campus climate for Jewish students and all students

As part of the cohort experience, participating campuses will (i) build a coalition to address antisemitism, (ii) attend and participate in learning sessions with peers from around North America (including a virtual launch event and an in-person conference), and (iii) engage in campus-specific work to identify and implement data-informed action steps to foster a positive, inclusive, and welcoming campus climate for Jewish students and all students.
 
Applications are not currently being accepted for the CCI Campus Cohort.

For more information or to express interest in the next CCI Campus Cohort, please contact Hillel’s CCI Staff Team at cci@hillel.org.

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University: “Antisemitic incidents on college and university campuses represent a threat to our values and our ability to create communities that respect the fundamental dignity and human rights of all members. Addressing them challenges us to take a hard look at difficult questions affecting our campus climates and our society more broadly.”

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education: “We are here on a mission and that mission is to eradicate antisemitism.”

Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D. Associate Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer, Temple University: "Our (Temple’s) involvement in Hillel’s campus climate initiative has been incredibly helpful in guiding us in making our campus more inclusive for Jewish students.  The workshops, trainings, resources and support have been invaluable to us as an institution.  We are particularly appreciative of the cohort model as we get to learn from, and share with, our peers.  We look forward to making transformative change on our campus."

Jessica L. Nare Assistant Vice President for Community & Belonging Division of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity, San Diego State University: "The Campus Climate Initiative helped our campus to enact meaningful policy and culture change in a short period of time. Hillel International provided our campus with high quality learning opportunities, substantive consultations, and ready-to-implement tools to improve our campus climate for Jewish Students. Leaders in higher education who are serious about addressing antisemitism on their campus should not miss the opportunity to participate in this initiative."

Jason Ramirez Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, University of Utah: "Working with the Campus Climate Initiative has been an investment well worth the time!  The information, education, and proactive thought processes provided by the initiative have been an invaluable asset to the growth of our campus to become a better place for our Jewish identifying students and overall community.  Having access to thought leaders in safe spaces has provided advancements in our programmatic and educational approaches for our students, staff, and faculty.  We have a stronger relationship with our own community and look forward to applying the learnings from this initiative toward other populations of marginalized and underrepresented students.  Overall, outstanding experience."

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Previous CCI Cohorts

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The CCI Team

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About Hillel International

Founded in 1923, Hillel International has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for nearly a century. Hillel is a global movement, welcoming students of all backgrounds at over 550 colleges and universities. Hillel International is dedicated to our mission of enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.