President May Condemns Anti-Semitic Hate Crime at the Temple Beth Shalom

Dear Campus Community,

I am deeply saddened by and I fully condemn the horrific act of hate and anti-Semitism perpetrated at the Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane on Monday. The desecration of a sacred place of worship and memorial is something that I strongly denounce. As a campus community we must repudiate the ideas of hate and division that stand behind this abhorrent activity. This heinous act is a hate crime and it must not be allowed acceptance or normalcy in our community.

As a university dedicated to truth and learning, we must come together in solidarity and in support of the Jewish community in our region. Hate and acts of violence are antithetical to the mission of Eastern: learning, education, and the advancement of all. Those ideas of hate must find no home here.

I hope that those responsible are held accountable for their actions and that our communities can find some measure of healing through solidarity. If you feel moved to support the temple, they are accepting donations to help cover the cost of cleaning up the graffiti; donations may be made online.

Eastern has numerous resources available for students, faculty or staff who may need them. If you experience feelings of anxiety, anger or grief over incidents like this, please reach out to the following resources: 

Counseling and Psychological Services 
Cheney Campus | P: 509.359.2366
EWU Spokane | P: 509.838.1398

Dean of Students

P: 509.359.7924 |

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

P: 509.359.6874 | | Report Discrimination or Bias

Multicultural Center 

P: 509.359.4004 |

Student Care Team

P: 509.359.7924 | Student Intake Form or ICARE referral form

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


The diversity of our campus and our community is a source of our strength and I know that we are stronger together. As Eagles, we must and we will continue the work to advance our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

David May
Interim President
Eastern Washington University

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