Next Regents' Meeting to Focus on UC Diversity

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The UC Board of Regents will meet next week to discuss universitywide issues, including prejudice, in light of recent incidents targeting specific student groups on several UC campuses.

The regents will meet from March 23 to 25 at UC San Francisco and will focus on promoting diversity throughout the UC system. Regents will facilitate discussions about recent incidents aimed against homosexuals and racial minorities at both UC Davis and UC San Diego, according to UC Spokesperson Peter King.

Last month, the UCSD administration faced backlash following an off-campus "Compton Cookout" party and the discovery of a noose in a campus library. At UC Davis, derogatory graffiti was sprayed on the campus Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and cotton was placed in front of the campus's Black Culture Center.

At the meeting, UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will speak about the incidents and discuss initiatives the campuses are taking to attempt to resolve the situation, King said.

"(UC President Mark Yudof) is going to make some strong remarks about where he wants this situation to go," he said. "Public comment has been extended to from 20 to 40 minutes since we anticipate a pretty lively discussion."

But UC Student Association board member Ricardo Gomez, a junior at UC Berkeley, said the meeting dates present a problem for many students who will be traveling during Spring Break.

"I think it will be difficult for students to mobilize and speak at the meeting," Gomez said. "There will be whiteliners, who are students that lobby and have a dialogue going with UC Regents at the regents' meetings, but I am not sure just how many other student coalitions or organizations will be missing out."

Previous meetings have been met with fervent student opposition, such as the protests at the November meeting at UCLA where regents approved a 32 percent increase in student fees.

Fnann Keflezighi, co-chair of the Black Student Union at UCSD, said that her organization and UCSA will collaborate with other student leaders from UCSD to provide a student perspective on the discussions about the incidents and their effects on the student body.

"(The union) is meeting (today) to determine what topics we want to address with the regents," she said. "We have asked to move our presentation to follow UC (Irvine) Chancellor Drake's and UC San Diego Chancellor Fox's presentations. We think it would be a good follow-up."

Keflezighi said she was hoping for a push toward a systemwide policy on hate crimes.

"There is some dilemma between the fact that the university wants to protect (all) their students ," she said. "But when ... students who are participating in these acts of violence are hurting (other) students, I don't understand why the university still feels possessed to protect them."


Contact Katie Nelson at [email protected]

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