No place for hate at UC Santa Cruz

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Herbert Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Campus Diversity Officer for Faculty; Teresa Maria Linda Scholz, Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students; Martin Berger, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Campus Diversity Officer for Faculty

Dear UC Santa Cruz Campus Community,

We watched in horror the violence and hate that shook Charlottesville and our nation this past weekend. While we are in full support of our First Amendment rights, we denounce all acts of violence. We offer our support to those who lost friends and family members this past weekend and to all those who were injured.

Our campus values are enshrined in the Principles of Community and we are committed to the UC Principles Against Intolerance. While we strive to practice these virtues in our daily interactions, we know our community is not immune from hateful acts. Every day, we must reaffirm our commitment to have a community based on mutual respect , not hate; on understanding, not intolerance; and on open-mindedness, not prejudice.

We stand in solidarity with UC Santa Cruz students, staff and faculty who are the targets of hateful language and actions that perpetuate racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, and other forms of discrimination.

Hate has no place at UC Santa Cruz. For more information on reporting hate incidents, visit Students in need of support can contact Counseling and Psychological Services. Employees can contact our Employee Assistance Program.

Together, we can honor, respect and value our differences and be a stronger community because of it.