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Voices from UC San Diego’s Campus Community Heard at Teach-In and Rallies

February 26, 2010

By Judy Piercey

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Mentha Hynes-Wilson, dean of students at UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College, served as moderator of the Teach-In.
Photo: Betsy McCue, UCSD Housing, Dining, Hospitality

“As members of the UC San Diego community – including students, faculty, staff and administrators – we are all connected by this great institution,” said University of California, San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.  “Clearly we need to come together to address a campus climate that has been rocked by recent hate and bias issues.  We have made progress in addressing these issues and ensuring that our students feel safe, supported and respected so that they can succeed … but we need to do more.”

Wednesday, a campus-wide Teach-In offered an example of the positive actions that have taken place on campus.  The event presented the UC San Diego community with an environment to engage in discussions on why racially stereotyped events still occur, and the impact of these events in the community. As part of the Teach-In, which provided two-way dialogue for participants, members of the campus community shared their concerns and emotions regarding the recent incidents; related rallies offered another forum for other individuals to express their views.  Both outlets were opportunities for UC San Diego voices to be heard and individuals to express their feelings. 

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The Teach-In presented the UC San Diego community with an environment to engage in discussions on why racially stereotyped events still occur, and the impact of these events in the community.
Photo: Betsy McCue, UCSD Housing, Dining, Hospitality

Teach-In moderator Mentha Hynes-Wilson, dean of students at the university’s Thurgood Marshall College, noted “I am encouraged.  This is the beginning of many dialogues.  I’m so proud of our students; it’s obvious there are different ways for people to express themselves about these issues and I encourage peaceful, productive events.”

Members of the UC San Diego campus community are invited to help with the healing of the campus climate in several ways:

  • Share ideas. UC San Diego is forming a Commission on Campus Climate, as recommended by the Black Student Union. Individuals who would like to be considered as a participant are encouraged to email Chancellor Fox at chancellor@ucsd.edu.

  • Learn more. To assist in keeping the campus and community informed, UC San Diego has launched a comprehensive “Battle Hate” website at battlehate.ucsd.edu that details actions taken, upcoming events, resources and more.
  • Stay connected. Students, faculty and staff can learn about upcoming events and activities and can share feelings by joining the “Racism: Not in Our Community (UC San Diego)” Facebook page.

 

Chancellor Fox added, “The challenge today, and in the future, is to continue the dialogue.  Together, we can ensure a campus climate that better embraces diversity so that all of our students, faculty and staff feel valued and appreciated.” 

 

Media Contact: Judy Piercey, 858-534-6128 or jpiercey@ucsd.edu

Christine Clark, 858-534-7618 or ceclark@ucsd.edu


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