Letter in Solidarity with Students Regarding Chancellor/EVC Meeting

Student Union Assembly - Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dear UC Santa Cruz Students,

On the night of Tuesday, May 15, 2018, numerous student groups came to the Student Union Assembly Meeting to voice their concerns about significant campus issues, and to hold UC Santa Cruz administration accountable. We write this letter in solidarity with students and their demands towards Chancellor Blumenthal and EVC Marlene Tromp at the Student Union Assembly Meeting. We want to acknowledge students for their labor in sharing their stories, being present, and organizing in-depth materials and presentations to inform the public and administration about student concerns.
The student concerns and demands presented at the meeting cannot be brushed aside. We implore the university to prioritize and include student voices in the Strategic Academic Plan process. We refuse to accept the militarization of police on campus and police intimidation primarily targeting people of color – particularly seen during the May 7-9, 2018 AFSCME 3299 strike for UC workers. We urge the UCSC administration to address urgent concerns about the prolonged bureaucracy of Title IX that strips survivors of their agency. We call on the administration to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and to denounce ongoing genocide and violence against Palestinian lives. We recognize the intolerable impact of rising tuition, over-enrollment, food insecurity, and housing injustices that students face in this institution.
The Student Union Assembly Office of Diversity and Inclusion advocates for equity and justice for marginalized communities. The events that transpired at the May 15th meeting do not reflect the values of our office. It is paradoxical that the university prides itself on its principles of community surrounding diversity, yet the university consistently fails to properly invest in people already doing the work to uplift diversity on campus. We side with students in the fight against the university’s deceptive and questionable power structure. We welcome students to reach out to our office if they would like to be connected with resources, or if folks may have any questions or concerns.

In solidarity,

Katherine Lê, SUA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, (suavpd@ucsc.edu)
Reed Asselbaye, Resource Center Coordinator (suarcc@ucsc.edu)
Harsimran Kaur, Program and Outreach Coordinator (suapoc@ucsc.edu)

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