Student Senate President Jeff Dempsey said he couldn't support the decision to invite Wilders and hoped that the university would pull the plug on the program at the last minute.
"I've never been ashamed to be a Temple student," Dempsey said, adding that university-sponsored dollars were not used to fund the event. "Our proud embrace of diversity and inclusion is tarnished by this man's provocation of hate."
Wilders was invited to speak by a new group on campus called Temple University Purpose.
Before the meeting, about a dozen students held signs with phrases including "Temple U. Does Not Condone Hate" and "Hate Speech [does not equal] Free Speech."
Among the demonstrators was Megan Chialastri, vice president of All Sides, an organization that seeks to promote peace between Israel and Palestine.
"We feel student groups should not bring people on campus that jeopardize the safety, or just the way people feel on this campus," she said.
In a letter issued last week, Monira Gamal-Eldin, president of the Muslim Students Association, criticized the university for being the first in the United States to allow Wilders to address students.
"The Muslim population at Temple feels attacked, threatened and ultimately unsafe that Mr. Wilders has been invited to voice his hate-driven opinions," she wrote.
"The decision to allow Mr. Wilders to share his viewpoints is a danger not only for the public safety of Muslims and the honor of the core principle of Islam, but also for academic integrity and objectivity on campus."
Nonetheless, the event will go on as planned, said university spokesman Ray Betzner. "We respect the right of our student organizations to invite people who express a wide variety of views and ideas," he wrote in an e-mail yesterday.
David Horowitz, of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which funded the event, issued a letter asking university officials to disregard the concerns of the Muslim students.
"The Temple community should reject the call by the MSA to censor free speech on the Temple campus, and should recognize it for what it is - an assault on the right of all Americans to have a democracy that is inclusive, tolerant and respectful of the rights of others," he wrote.
The event is not intended to offend any group, but to provide a forum for students to discuss sensitive subjects, said Brittany Walsh, president of Purpose, a social and political group that organized the event. She added that her group does not share Wilders' views.
"I respect their opposition to it," she said of the Muslim students. "The purpose of TU Purpose is to hash out unconventional views . . . to promote freedom of speech and give students an education opportunity of a lifetime to raise concerns and issues with a prominent international figure."
But Barry Scatton, whose College Republicans organization had co-sponsored the event but now condemns it, said that discussion shouldn't come at the expense of others.
"It's caused so much personal trauma to a lot of students," he said. "That is not the goal for me or my organization."
As a precaution, Temple officials will dispatch university police for crowd control, a security official said. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Room 17 of Anderson Hall, on Berks Street between 11th and 12th.
Wilders, a leader of the Party for Freedom, in the Netherlands, has made headlines for a string of controversial actions.
In 2008, Wilders escaped prosecution in England for allegedly inciting hatred of Muslims after releasing his short film "Fitna," in which Quran verses are shown alongside images from terrorist attacks.
Before that, Wilders had called for bans on the Quran - likening it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf - and the burka, the Muslim women's garment that covers most of the body.