In 2021, there was a 191% increase in antisemitic hate incidents on University campuses across the UK and a 34% increase in anti-Jewish hate incidents nationally. The University of Plymouth was one of the first universities to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on antisemitism but adopting the definition alone is not enough and we must all equip ourselves to identify and challenge anti-Jewish racism across our campus.
All staff are invited to attend a zoom seminar with world-renowned author and educator Ben M. Freeman to understand the history of anti-Jewish racism, how it manifests today and how we can respond to incidents.
This event is for University staff only (including subsidiary companies). If you are a member of staff, you should book via Employee Self-Service. If you are unable to do this then email email@example.com for assistance.
The University of Plymouth is proud to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism in line with Home Affairs Select Committee 2016. Alongside universities across the sector, we adopt the definition in full and there is nothing that will prevent freedom of thought or freedom of expression by adopting this definition; it will not only protect academic freedom of speech but will protect our Jewish staff and students from anti-Jewish racism. Read our statement on adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
About Ben M. Freeman
Born in Scotland, Ben is a gay Jewish internationally renowned author, educator and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specialist focusing on Jewish identity, combatting Jew-hatred and raising awareness of the Holocaust. He is the founder of the modern Jewish Pride movement and the author of the Jewish Pride manifesto, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, released in February 2021 to great international acclaim.
About Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team at the University of Plymouth works to ensure all staff and students can bring their whole selves to campus through policy work, staff development, celebratory events and confidential advice. Their award-winning work has been recognised through membership to the Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters and, more recently, as a Top Ten University for LGBT+ Inclusion by Stonewall.