Literature Department Statement of Solidarity
This statement was issued by the Literature Dept. on February 28, 2010.
Literature Department Statement
The Literature Department supports the recent proposals by UCSD faculty of African descent and the UCSD Black Student Union. We are their allies in calling for UCSD to address racial inequities as it restructures the university during the budget crisis.
We urge a full systematic analysis of the recent racist acts at UCSD, which are reflective of a university system that has not yet created the conditions for racial equity. Fifteen years after Proposition 209, the repeated instances of racism by UCSD students, and also the administration’s inability to address them effectively, testify to the need for the university to renew its commitments to public access and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented communities. As we work to preserve higher education as a public good, we must also secure resources to support curriculum, research, and scholarship on the critical study of race and racism, as well as greater outreach and changes to admissions, resource allocation, and college requirements so the university can create an academic culture that prepares a diverse public to participate in and contribute to a multiracial society.
In the days ahead, the Department encourages instructors to address the crisis with their students. Moreover, the Department will do its best to accommodate those students whose academic work has been disrupted by the recent racist incidents, and urges the University to make every effort to assure the safety and security of students, staff, and faculty at UCSD.