Message from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The BISB community is committed to building a diverse and vibrant program and creating a culture of inclusion through conversation and education.

Standing with our Asian Community Members

February 25, 2021

The DEI committee stands by the Asian Community in condemning recent violence against them. See below for a message from the Chancellor.

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor.

UC San Diego strongly condemns the string of violence perpetrated against the Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. An 83-year-old woman was randomly attacked on a San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolley on February 8; a 91-year-old man in Oakland was pushed face down into a sidewalk; and an 84-year-old man died recently after being assaulted on his morning walk in San Francisco. These accounts, and many others including physical and psychological harm, are deeply disturbing tragedies.

The recent rise of violence has been connected to hate-mongering, scapegoating, and racism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize and condemn all acts of anti-Asian racism and violence. We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities at UC San Diego, in our local community, in the U.S. and around the world.

These deplorable race-based attacks reinforce the need to advance and practice civil engagement and to promote and advocate for justice for all. As Tritons, we will continue our longstanding efforts to build inclusive communities that strengthen civic life for everyone. Through these actions, we demonstrate our fundamental commitment to antiracism and promote inclusion for all those who consider America their home.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as other units, has been actively engaged in ongoing community conversations to provide spaces for healing and to identify ways to be agents of change during these difficult times. To learn more about xenophobia and how to effectively combat its harmful effects, we encourage you to watch a recent UC San Diego webinar, Tritons Tackling Xenophobia: Battling Racism in the Era of COVID-19. Other excellent resources are available on the Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) website.

If you have experienced racial bigotry or believed you have been targeted at UC San Diego, please report the incident to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).

We understand that events of this nature can affect everyone in different ways. If needed, we encourage you to seek support through one of the many campus resources. If you are a student, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (858) 534-3755. If you are a campus employee, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. If you are a UC San Diego Health employee, call (866) 808-6205, company code UCSDMC or review information pertaining to the Employee Assistance Program on Health HR's website.

Although statements such as these do not resolve the intractable issues we face as a country, or even begin to heal the hurt and trauma caused by structural and systemic racism and discrimination, UC San Diego remains committed to supporting a climate of care and belonging. Collectively, let us continue to work together for a more just, equitable and humane society in our service, engagement, pedagogy, community, and collaborative efforts.

Pradeep K. KhoslaChancellor

Becky R. PetittVice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Statement on Today's Violence in Washington, DC

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. January 6, 2021

UC San Diego strongly condemns the violence perpetrated by a mob of rioters who today breached security at the U.S. Capitol. By interfering with the important work of our elected lawmakers, the perpetrators of these actions have undermined our very democracy.

I am also disturbed by what appears to be a stark contrast in the response by law enforcement when compared to actions toward Black and other minoritized communities who have gathered in recent months to exercise their constitutional right to protest systemic racism and injustice.

While peaceful protests are a mainstay of our country’s history, there is no place in a democracy for what transpired today. Such lawless behavior is unacceptable and weakens the core of our democracy. Every leader has a responsibility to oppose these events and to discourage such behavior.

I am saddened by today’s unlawful actions, but I am confident that our country can and will come together to meet the challenges of our times. The United States is founded on a set of shared principles that include a commitment to the rule of law. The founders created a system that provides avenues and channels to peacefully settle disputes and disagreements.

As Tritons, these events reinforce the need to advance and practice civil engagement and also to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as we help build communities and strengthen civic life. In these actions, we demonstrate our fundamental commitment to democracy and a healing process for all those who consider America their home.

Pradeep K. KhoslaChancellor

Standing with Our Black Campus Community

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. September 25, 2020

Breonna Taylor, a Black healthcare worker in Louisville, Kentucky was shot and killed on March 13 by police officers who were serving a search warrant at her apartment. Her tragic death led to widespread demonstrations for Black lives across the country in the spring and summer.

On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer for endangering the lives of Ms. Taylor’s neighbors, not for her death. The officer was dismissed from the force in June in a termination letter stating that he showed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” These findings leave us saddened and outraged as we reflect on the indifference given to Ms. Taylor’s life.

Justice did not serve Breonna Taylor. It failed her. The decision grievously affirms that we must continue to work toward a world that demonstrates that it values Black Lives.

We recognize that the grand jury’s findings compound ongoing pain and trauma suffered by our Black family, friends and neighbors, and that many members of campus are also deeply affected by a decision that echoes the pervasive systemic anti-Black racism in America. We ask all Tritons to continue to stand in solidarity with our Black community members, to reach out and care for one another.

Pradeep K. KhoslaChancellor

Becky R. PetittVice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion