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Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley Honored by ADL’s Orange County/Long Beach Chapter at Annual Brunch


Dr. Jane Close Conoley, president of Long Beach State University, was honored by the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.


Contact: Jeff.Bliss@csulb.edu



HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2017) – Dr. Jane Close Conoley, president of Long Beach State University, was honored by the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the Anti-Defamation League at its annual “Make a Difference Brunch” in Huntington Beach on Sunday.

Conoley, who heads one of the nation’s most diverse universities, was recognized for her leadership and support of equity, the public good and inclusive excellence. The chapter noted that Conoley has written the campus community “often about the right of every person to be treated with respect, be free of harassment and be offered every chance to succeed.”

“I accept this honor with great joy, and more importantly, great humility,” Conoley told the crowd of more than 300, which included LBSU faculty, staff and students. “I am glad to be here in support of the ADL’s mission. The ADL’s mission is to create a world without hate, which is also our university’s mission. Learning cannot occur where a hate of ideas exists. Learning is enhanced with diversity and engagement. I want Long Beach State University to be a place where it is fine to be different and a place where humanity shines.”

During her acceptance speech, Conoley underscored her own experiences as she works to expand inclusivity on the Long Beach campus.

“My position as a leader of more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students, and the more than 300,000 alumni, is that our campus should reflect the rich diversity of California,” she said. “That said, our campus – like many others – has been targeted by hate this year. We just successfully concluded an extensive investigation in the wake of threats against members of our La Raza Student Association.

“Our strength is in true partnership and mutual concern for every member of our community,” she added. “No one and no group, insider or outsider, will succeed in undermining our journey toward inclusive excellence.”

University Provost Brian Jersky praised Conoley as “a champion of inclusivity.”

“Her belief is that it is the right of every student to be treated with respect, and she stands up for the rights of all others,” he said.

The chapter also lauded Conoley for her “opposition to a resolution that began as a Boycott, Divest and Sanction effort against Israel. The resolution followed a spate of incidents in which swastikas and anti-Semitic fliers were found on campus, including on Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

“My opposition to the BDS resolution was my effort to model how we should talk to each other. We have to begin with respect – speak from facts,” she said. “I recall the Ursuline nuns who taught me when I was younger – they reminded me that Jews are God’s chosen people. Furthermore, four of my five grandchildren are Jewish. So, it’s personal too.”

In addition to Conoley, Michael Rosen and Deborah Lewis were honored for their work in the Long Beach Jewish community.


About the university:

Long Beach State University (LBSU) is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. LBSU values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.


About the OC/Long Beach ADL chapter:

The Orange County/Long Beach regional office covers the area south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego. With a population of more than 4 million, the region is home to Long Beach, just named the “Most Diverse City in America;” Santa Ana, named “The Most Hispanic City in America,” and the world’s largest communities of Vietnamese and Cambodians outside of their home nations. The ADL’s regional office, located in the heart of Orange County and within easy distance of Long Beach, is well known for its “No Place for Hate” education programming, defense of the region’s Jewish population and its “willingness to fight for justice for all people.”



Long Beach State University – Jeff Bliss 925-997-6182 / Jeff.Bliss@csulb.edu

Orange County/Long Beach ADL – Dana Ransons 949-679-3772 / ocevent@adl.org