Sep 20, 2022
On September 14, IACLEA was honored to be invited to the White House to participate in the United We State Summit hosted by President Biden. Representing the Association was our president, John Ojeisekhoba. As we advance the campus public safety profession, protecting millions of students worldwide, our growing relationships with government leaders and partners ensures continued opportunities to have a seat at the table and a voice in the room.
The purpose of the Summit gathered bipartisan leaders, experts, and survivors of hate-based attacks.
“We must choose to be a nation of hope, unity, and optimism or a nation of fear and division and hate,” said Biden. “And we choose – as we do, we know this: hate-fueled violence is board into the fertile soil of toxic division.”
The White house announced several actions for government, civic, faith, philanthropic, and business leaders to take to advance unity and combat hate-fueled violence. Among the actions:
Federal agencies are announcing new steps to strengthen the resources available to local schools, law enforcement agencies, and cultural institutions like museums and libraries to prevent and respond to hate-fueled violence.
Bipartisan former White House officials will launch Dignity.us, a Citizens’ Initiative to Address Hate-Fueled Violence in America.
Compact to Combat Hate and Extremism, committing to stand up against hate-fueled violence and increase their support for local initiatives that heal divides.
Technology companies, including YouTube, Twitch, Microsoft, and Meta are announcing new actions their platforms are taking to prevent hate-fueled violence.
The invitation awarded Ojeisekhoba the opportunity to connect with high-level White House staffers, U.S. Senators, and other leaders in the community. “It was a great opportunity to learn about the administration’s efforts and at the same time highlight how IACLEA can contribute to the ongoing discussion on how to keep campuses and the students we serve safe,” said Ojeisekhoba. “This opportunity could not have been possible without direct assistance from Senator Chris Coons and his staff. We are grateful.”