Task Force on Antisemitism

Task Force on Antisemitism

The Columbia Task Force on Antisemitism was created by Columbia University President Minouche Shafik, Barnard College President Laura Ann Rosenbury, and Teachers College President Thomas R. Bailey to address the harmful impact of rising antisemitism on Columbia’s Jewish community and to ensure that protection, respect, and belonging extends to everyone. 

The task force is being led by Ester R. Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at SIPA; Nicholas Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of Columbia Journalism School; and David M. Schizer, Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics and Dean Emeritus of Columbia Law School. 

In the coming months, the task force will identify practical ways for our safety and inclusion work to enhance support for all members of the Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College communities, particularly our Jewish students. Longer term, it will recommend more ambitious changes related to academic and extracurricular offerings and student, faculty, and staff training programs. 

The Task Force on Antisemitism can be reached at [email protected].

Task Force Co-Chairs

Ester Fuchs
Ester R. Fuchs

Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Program

Nicholas Lemann
Nicholas Lemann

Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus

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David M. Schizer

Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics and Dean Emeritus

News and Announcements

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Columbia Launches a Reinvestment in Its Values and Mission

December 20, 2023

The goal is to foster a community where debates are rooted in academic rigor and civil discourse through work that includes professional development, resources, and other activities.

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University Announces Members of the Task Force on Antisemitism

December 13, 2023

Fifteen faculty from across Columbia have agreed to take on this urgently needed work.

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Announcing Doxing Resource Group

November 01, 2023

Columbia and Barnard are establishing a Doxing Resource Group composed of key offices across both campuses that are focused on the issue.

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Announcing Task Force on Antisemitism

November 01, 2023

The presidents of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College announced a Task Force on Antisemitism. 

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Standing in Solidarity

October 27, 2023

Antisemitism, like any form of bigotry, is an assault on everything we stand for at Columbia. Palestinian, Muslim, or Arab students have also been subjected to harassment and targeted by doxing, a dangerous form of intimidation. We take these incidents seriously and they are being investigated. 

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Upholding Our Values

October 18, 2023

Our focus must be de-escalating tensions, modeling respectful behavior, and finding common ground in our shared humanity.

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Message of Concern for Our Community

October 9, 2023

An update from President Minouche Shafik on the attack on Israel this weekend.

Additional Messages from Barnard and Teachers College

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"This is an opportunity for every academic department, every faculty member and teaching assistant, every member of the administration, and every member of the Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College student family to bring their ideas, life experiences, and spirit to help us emerge as a stronger and more cohesive community."

Minouche Shafik, Laura Ann Rosenbury, and Thomas R. Bailey announce the Task Force on Antisemitism

Contact Us

 [email protected]