We, the undersigned, students, staff, and faculty from across UCSD stand in solidarity against the xenophobia and racism perpetuated through the “chalkening” incidents that occurred at the University of California, San Diego on April 8th, 2016. We condemn racist, hateful, harmful, and discriminatory speech, and actions that result in the harassment of students of color and undocumented students on campus. As educators, scholars, and students, we are extremely concerned with the situation that unfolded and refuse to remain silent. This event is not an isolated incident but rather has is part of a widespread phenomenon that affects both potential and current students at institutions of higher education, at UCSD, and in other institutions across the nation. As a community we demand from our institution that statements that incite violence or oppress students of color are no longer tolerated, but rather are accounted for.
With this said, it is not the intention of this movement to condemn the ability to chalk these statements but rather to prove that there are further implications to these actions, and the lack of a swift response from administration. We consider that the slanderous actions of this past weekend promotes the exclusion of our fellow students, friends, and families based on race, ethnicity, and status. We demand the right to receive an equitable education in a campus that claims to value “equity, diversity, and inclusion”. The University can not advocate for such a quality when disruptive incidents such as the “chalkening”, continue to occur despite the supposed progressive university policy.
Aimee NavaCo-Chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan | 2015-2016
Elizabeth UribeCo-Chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan | 2015-2016
Sonia Garcia Avelar Chair of Migrant Rights Awareness| 2015-2016
List of Demands
*Note: Throughout this document we mention “historically underrepresented/underserved students” (HURS). We use this term to refer to the students that higher education was not designed for. This includes all students of color - including many historically categorized as “White” - poor and working class White students, Muslim students, undocumented students, and queer and trans students. By students of color we mean folks who identify with any of the following racial or ethnic labels: African, Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Indigenous, Native American (regardless of whether they are federally recognized), Latinx, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, South West Asian and North African (SWANA).
WELLNESS1. We demand that UC San Diego become a Sanctuary Campus immediately, banning all Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from collaborating with or operating within the university.No Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Border Patrol (USBP) agents will be present on campus grounds and UC San Diego owned property. a. UC San Diego Administration and UC San Diego Police Department will not collaborate with ICE and USBP to disclose information nor identify students, staff and faculty of the university. b. ICE and USBP will not be allowed to participate in any career and job recruitment events at the university.
2. We demand changes to the police presence on our campus. a. The police will be trained on bias within their department, and within the university as a whole, including but is not limited to racist, homophobic, xenophobic, gendered, transphobic, etc. b. UCPD will be completely de-militarized as an immediate first step towards more community-oriented policing.
3. We demand more funding for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) with the intention of addressing the needs of historically underrepresented and underserved communities. a. This funding will pay for two full-time CAPS counselors with experience working with undocumented students and mixed-status families. b. By Fall 2018, at least half of all CAPS counselors will have experience working with historically underrepresented students. c. By 2020, CAPS will have been allocated sufficient funding to reduce appointment wait times to one week by hiring more staff.
4. We demand the accommodation of Muslim eating restrictions at all dining halls as well as Price Center (i.e. the use of zabihah meat by the Spring 2017). This will not cost more than the rest of the food on campus and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) will be included in the creation and implementation of this program.
5. We demand that a protocol to support student activism and retention be implemented for when events like the ones leading up to these demands happen. a. We demand a system set up to address the mental health ramifications of similar incidents on students, staff, and faculty. b. We demand educational as well as disciplinary consequences for the perpetrators of such actions.6. . We demand the establishment of permanent contemplation/prayer rooms in each of the six colleges by Fall 2017. a. By Winter 2019 there will have been a remodeling of the bathrooms by each Contemplation Lounge to provide a space for Muslim students to make wudhu (ablution).
ACCESS7. We demand the UC commit to recruiting students from poor and working class communities so as to combat the lack of accessibility to higher education and various educational pipelines in existence. a. UCSD should specifically work to create partnerships with more schools across Southeast and South San Diego. These student are limited in regard to their quality of education due to redlining and therefore can achieve higher education given the latter ability. b. By Fall 2020, UCSD should establish a scholar's program that targets elementary, middle and high school students to be admitted to the university when they apply during their senior year. A cohort of undergraduate students will be formed that identify with underrepresented communities around the United States paid to directly advise and guide the youth in the scholar’s program. They will assist the students to meet the admissions requirements established by the UC.
RETENTION8. We demand guaranteed funding for the Undocumented Student Services Center and its staff. a. By Fall 2016, the Undocumented Student Services Center will be staffed by a Director, an Assistant Coordinator, and four student interns. This staffing will increase to meet need of the growing population. b. By Fall 2017, there will be allocation and sustenance of funding for one Full-Time Equivalent FTE staff member in the Undocumented Student Services Center to support undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students with advocacy, counseling, outreach, and programming.
9. We demand UCSD grants for undocumented students, whether or not they are protected by DACABy Fall 2017, UCSD will have institutionalized a grant and loan program for undocumented students not protected by DACA.
10. We demand permanent, full funding for student-initiated retention programs. We demand a significant amount of funds be allocated for different resources that historically underrepresented students need and deserve on campus.
11. We demand the relocation of the Undocumented Student Services Center to a more student centric and friendly location in order to empower this community and provide accessibility and visibility for them on campus.
12. We demand the Student Legal Services at UCSD hire a full-time immigration attorney that will directly represent undocumented students and their families.
13. We demand that UCSD provide permanent living learning communities for ethnic/cultural groups and that eligibility for living in these communities is extended to all students, regardless of housing guarantee. a. By Fall 2017, Muslim Student Housing will have been created for all students who wish to live in it with the support and input of the Muslim Student Association. b. By Fall 2017, Undocumented Student Housing will have been created with the support and input of the Undocumented Student Services Center and Migrant Rights Awareness. c. By Fall 2017, Multicultural Housing, Black/African Diaspora Housing, Raza Interest Housing, Muslim Student Housing, and Undocumented Student Housing housing will be made a permanent feature of on campus housing. d. By Fall 2017, all ethnic/cultural housing spaces are to receive a 50% increase in programming funding to support the specific needs of their community. e. By Fall 2017, full housing scholarships will be awarded to at least 50 undocumented students. The number of housing scholarships awarded to undocumented students will increase each year to meet demand according to the undocumented student population. f. By Fall 2020, 500 housing scholarships will be awarded to low-income students with each scholarship amounting 50% of the cost of one year on campus housing.
REPRESENTATION14. We demand that Triton Day cater to working class communities and communities of color across California. a. It is our understanding that Triton Day “is a showcase of UC San Diego's vibrant community of infinite opportunities”. Therefore, an emphasis must be placed on making Triton Day accessible to its vibrant communities. Administration should work with SAAC orgs to organize this.
15. We demand an increase in the number of faculty of color at all levels and within all departments. UCSD’s faculty should reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States, if not California. a. By 2025, ladder rank faculty racial and ethnic demographics should reflect California’s with the exception of Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, of whom we demand overrepresentation (1% of faculty each). *Predicted population demographics: Latinx: 41.6% White: 35.1% Asian: 14% Black: 5.5% Multiracial: 3% Native American: 0.4% Native Hawaiian: 0.4% **The category “Asian” here should include a significant amount (at least 3% each) of South and Southeast Asian representation).
16. We demand an increase in the number of staff of color at all levels and within all departments. UCSD’s administration should reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States, if not California. By 2025, administrative racial and ethnic demographics should reflect California’s. with the exception of Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, of whom we demand overrepresentation (1% of faculty each). *Predicted population demographics: Latinx: 41.6% White: 35.1% Asian: 14% Black: 5.5% Multiracial: 3% Native American: 0.4% Native Hawaiian: 0.4%
17. We demand an increase in the number of women as ladder-rank faculty.By 2025, women should make up at least 50% of the ladder-rank faculty.
18. We demand the University commit to funding an Asian and Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Resource Center (APIMEDA RC) representing and providing service to over 54% of the current UCSD student population, as well as a commitment to financially support its growth in terms of physical space, programming initiatives, and staffing.
19. We demand that the university works towards establishing academic partnerships with Palestinian Universities for academic, research, and study abroad opportunities. a. The allocation of permanent yearly funding for Palestinian scholars and speakers for on-campus events and programs at least once per academic year by the 2016-2017 academic year.
20. We demand that by Fall of 2016, that University of California, San Diego administration acknowledge existence of historical and current occupation of Kumeyaay land by establishing as it’s name on all official emails, letterheads and publicity as University of California, San Diego on Kumeyaay land.
EDUCATION21. We demand the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Graduation Requirement be improved and expanded to better serve the needs of various campus communities and advance students’ cultural competencies and understanding of race and ethnicity as part of intersectional identities at large. a. By Fall 2016, the DEI course will be required to be taken for a letter grade without the option to take it pass/no pass. b. By Spring 2017, the Standing Committee for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduation Requirement, hereafter referred to as “the committee,” will consist of undergraduate students of color, a graduate student of color in the ethnic studies department, faculty members of color, and an administrative advisor. The undergraduate students on the committee will ideally consist of members of Student Affirmative Action Committee (SAAC) organizations. c. By Fall 2017, the DEI graduation requirement will have been increased to two classes that must be taken in a student’s first two years at UCSD. One of these two classes must include significant focus on anti-blackness, Black American history, or contemporary issues of the Black community. All DEI classes will enroll no more than 50 students. Graduate students will have the opportunity to design and teach these classes. There will be a class designed for international students and other students who do not have a background in U.S. History. All departments hosting DEI courses will receive increased funding to allow for smaller class sizes. d. By Fall 2020 the University of California San Diego will have developed a compulsory training program on diversity and cultural competency for faculty, graduate students, and staff. It will address not only race and ethnicity, but also other oppressive structures affecting students on the basis of gender, sex, sexuality, ability, mental health, citizenship status, national origin, religion, class, age, etc.
22. We demand a report on the statuses of ethnic and cultural educational programs including the Chicanx and Latinx Arts and Humanities (CLAH) program, the African American Studies Minor (AASM), the Critical Gender Studies program, the Ethnic Studies program, the African Studies minor, and the Asian American Studies Minor. a. Rumors of the collapsing of the CLAH program and the AASM must be addressed. b. By 2017, there will be a structure guaranteeing status of these programs regardless of enrollment.
23. We demand the allocation of and sustained funding for additional tenure-track FTE lines to Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies to be used in hiring faculty a. By Fall 2020, two of the additional tenure-track FTE lines to Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies are to be used in hiring faculty focusing on Arab-American and transnational Arab studies. These faculty will also be responsible for developing an Arab-American studies minor at UCSD. Allocation of additional resources and finances as deemed necessary by these faculty in support of this goal. b. By Fall 2020, there will be identification and allocation of sustained funding for the creation of two new tenure-track junior faculty lines and two new tenure-track senior-faculty lines focusing on Muslim studies. The creation of a Muslim Studies minor under the Department of Ethnic Studies through these new faculty within five years. At least two members of the Muslim Student Association should sit on the hiring committee for these positions. c. By Fall 2020, two of the additional tenure-track FTE lines to Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies are to be used in hiring faculty focusing on Pacific Islander studies and transnational Pacific Islander studies. d. By Fall 2020, two of the additional tenure-track FTE lines to Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies are to be used in hiring faculty focusing on Indigenous American (i.e. North America, Central America, South America, Caribbean), studies and transnational Indigenous studies. e. By Fall 2018, the identification and allocation of sustained funding for the creation of one new tenure-track junior faculty line and one new senior faculty line faculty positions under Ethnic Studies specifically for the hiring of Palestinian faculty and faculty specializing in Palestine, under the guidance of Students for Justice in Palestine. f. We demand that by Fall 2018, the creation of three additional tenure-track FTE lines to teach and research Indigenous Studies and the creation of an Indigenous Studies minor under the Department of Ethnic Studies through these new faculty within three years.
ACCOUNTABILITY24. We demand a student-run oversight committee on the hiring and retention of all upper level administration. a. By Fall 2017, there will be a student-run oversight committee in the hiring and retention of all Vice Chancellors, Chancellors, and the UC President. Students will also make up over 50% of the hiring committee.
25. We demand that the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (hereafter referred to as “VCEDI”) be held accountable to the communities they supposedly serve (students, staff and faculty of color; LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty; students, staff and faculty with disabilities; undocumented students, staff and faculty). a. By Fall 2016, the VCEDI must define “equity, diversity, and inclusion” to allow for specific accountability and reduce opportunity for individual interpretation. b. By Winter 2017, the VCEDI will have implemented a system for paid undergraduate and graduate members of the communities that VCEDI serves to oversee the work they do.
26. We demand ramifications for breaking the Principles of Community. a. By Fall 2016, the office of the VCEDI will make clear the precedents to what is protected by the Principles of Community. b. By Fall 2016, the office of the VCEDI will establish the specific consequences that will follow a breaking of each of the Principles of Community.
27. We demand that the UC system divest from Wells Fargo in order to curb indirect investment in private prisons. a. By Fall 2017, all UCs will have divested from Wells Fargo. b. By Fall 2018, a comprehensive review of all UC investments will have been made, and the UC will divest from any companies invested in the prison industrial complex or immigrant industrial complex.
28. We demand that all UC employees be insourced. a. We demand a livable wage based on the standard of living in San Diego County and full benefits for ALL UCSD employees including students and graduate students. b. We demand that UC employees be insourced and employed through UCOP with living wages and full benefits. No UC worker will be employed by contractors or subcontractors. c. We demand that no employee outsourcing occur to staff the Jacobs Medical Center opening in October or any other future projects. d. We demand that all current contracted workers be fully trained and employed by UCOP and all of its facilities (including but not limited to the Medical Centers, Conference Centers, hotels, etc.) by the end of 2016. e. We demand that UCOP give out yearly reports on the spendings of outsourced work and contractors.
29. We demand that campus climate meetings are restarted.
30. We demand that UCSD work towards becoming an officially designated Minority Serving Institution by 2020.
31. We demand a renewed commitment and timeline to addressing 2014 “Sustainable and Accountable Action for Asian American Studies and API Campus Climate Resources”.
32. We demand that UCSD pull all its berries supplied by Driscoll’s Farms, Sakuma Bros., and all companies supplied by the companies mentioned. a. The university will conduct a prompt and transparent investigation to determine which of their products are supplied by the companies mentioned. b. The university will make prompt measures in order to eliminate their support for companies that participate in exploitable labor practices.
DATA33. We demand implementation of data collection and transparent release of underserved and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty across all university offices (CAPS, SHS, OPHD, HDH, Research Affairs, Student Affairs, EDI, etc.)
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