INFORMATIONAL: Troubling campus incident

We are deeply saddened that yesterday a crude homophobic reference regarding a Brandeis student was scrawled into the grout between tiles in a men’s restroom in the Shapiro Student Center.

The message referred to a candidate for Student Union president, encouraging voting for another student. That other student has not only disavowed the message, but taken a bold, proactive stance against such hate. We have notified the​ Campus Police Department about this incident, and ​we will work with them in every way possible to identify the perpetrator(s). We urge anyone with information to reach out to the ​Campus Police at 781-7​36-5000​.

We are so proud to have Brandeis listed among the most LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the nation – a representation of the values of inclusion and support for difference that are at the heart of this university’s founding. With these tiny marks, someone has come into our house and broken that trust.

On behalf of our Brandeis community, we condemn this malicious action, and reaffirm our commitment to keep Brandeis open to students regardless of their race, religion, gender-identity, immigration status, or any other reason that bigotry may find to marginalize members of our society. For all of our students, this is your house, and you are not alone.


Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment

Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion