Message from the Chancellor

To: UCSC Community

From: Chancellor Blumenthal

As the campus returns to full operations, I want to acknowledge the toll yesterday's protests took on the campus community and renew our commitment to the students we are here to serve.

Thousands of UCSC students, faculty, and staff were impacted by yesterday's demonstrations, which were part of a national Day of Action in Support of Public Education. It was a difficult day for many, and I thank you for your patience and understanding.

Many people went to extraordinary efforts yesterday to fulfill myriad aspects of the university's three-part mission of teaching, research, and public service. Under trying circumstances, faculty and staff made numerous adjustments, and I appreciate their professionalism and flexibility. Ultimately, students bore the real brunt of yesterday's events, as they were inconvenienced and many were unable to attend their classes.

There's no question that the state's reinvestment in public education is critical. I urge you to join me in advocating on behalf of UC Santa Cruz as we refocus our attention on continuing the upward trajectory of this great institution.