As people deeply invested in religious life at the University of Pennsylvania, we are concerned and saddened by the recent reports regarding the NYPD’s targeted surveillance of Penn students involved with Muslim Student Association.
We stand together in solidarity with our friends and peers who were treated unfairly due to their religious affiliation.
This threatens the hard work of student leaders at Penn to create an environment that is tolerant and accepting of students from all backgrounds.
For the past 50 years, Penn’s MSA has been a vibrant, meaningful and philanthropic organization that is not only a crucial partner in religious life at Penn but also an integral member of the greater university and Philadelphia communities.
The assurance of religious freedoms on campus is essential to developing a diverse, open community and was undermined. When one student’s rights are threatened, we are all victims.*
PRISM Advocacy Chair
Penn Baha’i Association Chair
Penn Student Catholic Association President
Latter-day Saints Student Association President
University of Pennsylvania Hillel President
Faith Fund Co-Chair
Amrit Kaur Bhinder
Penn Sikh President
Orthodox Community at Penn Co-Chair
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Student Leader
New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir President
Penn Cru Campus Connection Rep
Newman Center President
Hindu Students Council and the Young Jains of America President
The signatories represent their own opinion and not necessarily the opinion of their organizations.