Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update

To: UCSC Community

From: Joy L. Lei, Assistant Campus Diversity Officer

In case you missed it, on October 28, 2011, the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sponsored a reception to celebrate the partnership between the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and UCSC. This reception was held at UCSC’s Arboretum to highlight the Amah Mutsun Relearning Garden. To learn more about the reception, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Relearning Garden, click here

UCSC’s hate/bias incident reporting system has expanded from being for students only to include faculty, academic employees and staff. A new Report Hate website has been developed at: Visit this website to report a hate or bias incident, and to learn more about what is a hate crime, what is a bias incident and the Hate/Bias Response Team. Also, an ad hoc Community Response Team (CRT) was convened to address multiple incidents of hate graffiti on campus. In addition to developing an educational campaign on reporting hate and bias incidents on campus, the CRT is holding a Community Forum on Hate and Bias at UCSC on February 6th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, in the College 9 and College 10 Multipurpose Room. Please join us at this forum to learn and dialogue about proactive responses to hate and bias incidents as members of the campus community.

The 28th Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation is fast approaching! We are excited to welcome Nikki Giovanni, poet, teacher and activist, as this year’s speaker. The Convocation will be held on February 2nd at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. It begins at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. You are also encouraged to attend an earlier campus event, where Professor Giovanni will join a student panel for an engaging discussion. This event is at 3 pm in the Stevenson Event Center. Learn more about Professor Giovanni in this article, “Poets and grandmothers in outer space: A Q&A with Nikki Giovanni.”

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Arts Division are delighted to host a faculty talk by Professor Derek Conrad Murray, History of Art and Visual Culture, on February 28th, from 12 pm to 1 pm, in the Bay Tree Cervantes and Velasquez Room. Professor Murray’s talk, "David Huffman: On the Mythopoetics of Racial Trauma," will consider recent work by Oakland-based painter David Huffman, whose paintings explore themes of politics, race, power and conflict.

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