OC Community Leaders Visit Mark Yudof
Jewish Federation Orange County President and CEO Shalom Elcott was joined by Gerald Solomon (Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation) and Jeff Margolis and Dr. Jim Weiss (co-chairs of the Jewish Federation’s Rose Project) during a visit to the University of California Headquarters in Oakland, CA on Wednesday.
The group spoke at length with UC President Mark Yudof regarding the ongoing concerns and challenges at all UC campuses and in particular, UC Irvine visa-vis the Muslim Student Union’s (MSU) on-campus activities, which mostly recently includes the organized disruption of Ambassador Michael Oren’s visit on February 8, 2010.
Yudof expressed the following points to the visiting foursome:
* He is very supportive of Jewish Federation Orange County’s efforts in investing in opportunities to support positive dialogue on the campus. He also commented that the Federation, through its Rose Project, is doing a commendable job to provide positive programs that support Jewish students.
* He was outraged that several students attempted to prevent Ambassador Oren’s right to free speech.
* These students should be prosecuted for violating the student code of conduct and breaking the law.
* He agreed that, pending an investigation with full due process, the Muslim Student Union (MSU) should be disciplined for their violations of campus codes of conduct.
Said Elcott after the meeting: “Jewish Federation Orange County is working intensely with multiple channels of leadership on a local, national and international level who have a stake in the current challenges at UC Irvine. We want to be sure the ongoing process proceeds quickly so that justice will be served.”
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