In Solidarity Statement from Student Life:
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to transformative action. We recognize that, for too long, Black students, staff, and faculty have been disproportionately impacted on our campus through a system perpetuated by white principles and values. We also recognize the disparate impact the Coronavirus has had on communities of color as well as the pain and suffering so deeply felt within Black communities. Our humanity is constantly diminished through the multiple injustices done to ourselves and each other. We believe that now, as much as at any time in our nation’s history, we have a chance for lasting, real change.
We assume that responsibility.
Collectively, we have an opportunity to advance systemic equity.
To Black students: The Black experience on our campus is unacceptable. We see you, we care about you, we prioritize your well-being, and we are committed to improving your experience.
To Black staff: We see you and acknowledge you have often been expected to operate at full capacity in a system that implicitly places expectations on you to comply with inaccurate modalities. You have also been held responsible to be the voice, represent, and do the work that we all should be doing to support the Black community.
While we have done good work advancing some diversity and inclusivity efforts, we can do more.
In Student Life we will:
Assess and evaluate all of our services and programs to ensure the Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) student experience is centered in all our efforts
Reduce the minimum number of principal members required for student organization registration from four to three principal members. This will reduce barriers to student organization registration for smaller groups, provide additional support for culturallybased organizations, and help to establish a consistent presence of historically Black National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities on campus.
Host additional community dialogues and iLead leadership development workshops on topics of race, social justice, and allyship in the Center for Student Involvement.
Offer an Equity-Minded Leadership seminar and ART of Inclusive Communication training for all student organization principal members in CSI.
Initiate an Antiracism Workgroup among University Centers staff and student employees to research, learn, and implement strategies within the student union to actively work against racism.
Continue to assess, promote awareness and education of Basic Needs student services that actively center Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) to increase equitable access to food, housing, and financial wellness resources by breaking down historically oppressive systemic barriers.
ArtPower is committed to bringing forward voices which represent the BIPOC experiences on our stages. We will bring these artists into direct contact with our student body so that they can share their experiences with UC San Diego students.
Support student leaders in the creation of a Minority Caucus in Associated Students to increase the representation of Black students in Student Government and campus spaces.
Support student leaders in crafting and distributing a resource guide for how students and staff can advocate for anti-racist legislation
Support student leaders in ensuring Black voices are included in committees and conversations at UC San Diego and systemwide.
Create a committee focused on the continued personal/professional development of Student Life staff on topics related to privilege, anti-racism, and allyship.
Intentionally challenge those with white skin privilege to acknowledge inherent racism and embody inclusive and equitable practices, language, and understanding.
Encourage individuals who feel they have been disrespected or mistreated to seek help or guidance (Student Life Human Resources, AVC-Student Life)
Build awareness and address unconscious bias and encourage every employee to review, question, and analyze their own personal potential biases and assumptions.
Mix-up work teams by inviting others to conversations in order to include various perspectives and viewpoints.
Bi-annually assess our staff profiles and ensure our recruitment efforts represent our student and community populations.
Continue confronting racial bias in hiring and training hiring managers to root out racial bias in hiring and recruiting practices.
This is not an exhaustive list, we commit to these actions as well as identify additional efforts to improve the experience of Black, Indigenous People of Color on our campus.
Heather Belk, Director, Associated Students Administration
Doug Carlone, Director, Student Life Business Office
Patricia Mahaffey, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life
Alicia Magallanes, Director, Basic Needs Center
Jordan Peimer, Executive Director, ArtPower
Jon Carlos Senour, Director, Student Legal Services
Anthony Tran, Director, University Events Office
Emily Trask, Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement
Sharon Van Bruggen, Executive Director, University Centers