Amid DEI Backdrop, OU Students Condemn Israel

The University of Oklahoma has often touted its “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) efforts as a method to make the school a place of “belonging” for all.

But on Oct. 25, about 150 students marched at OU to protest the nation of Israel’s response to recent terrorist attacks by Hamas, chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” according to the OU Daily, the campus newspaper.

The protest was one of many that took place at college campuses nationwide that day with such activism increasingly linked to growing antisemitism on college campuses.

Notably, one former DEI director recently said college DEI programs fuel antisemitism.

In a column in the New York Post, Tabia Lee, a black woman who previously served two years as a faculty “diversity, equity, and inclusion” director at De Anza College in California, warned that DEI programs can foster antisemitism and suggested she was driven from her position after working “to create an authentically inclusive learning environment for everyone, including Jewish students.”

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