Message from President Wong: Your voice, our identity

Dear SF State Community,

We are aware of a post by faculty member Rabab Abdulhadi responding to my recent comments to the campus community. Dr. Abdulhadi’s post expressed her opposition to my comments and to Zionism generally.  While she is entitled to voice her own opinion, it cannot be done in a way that implies university endorsement or association.

Dr. Abdulhadi’s post does not reflect the opinions, values, or policies of San Francisco State University.  To the contrary, SF State promotes the principles of inclusion, thoughtful intellectual discourse, and sharing of ideas that are central to our academic environment.  All are welcome at SF State and a diversity of perspectives helps us grow as an institution. 

Yet, this important message can be lost or obscured when individuals within the university post contrary personal beliefs on campus-affiliated web pages, as is the case with this post. As a result, SF State is taking corrective action and will affirm this core principle in its social media policies and practices to avoid confusion and better safeguard the university’s web presence in the future.


Leslie E. Wong