Dear UCLA students and employees,
We, the undersigned, are UCLA faculty who stand united against acts of hate and bigotry directed at our students and fellow employees in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. Words and acts of hate are forms of violence that threaten our mission as a public research university committed to the betterment of our global society through teaching, learning and the dissemination of new knowledge.
We pledge to stand up for, support and defend the most vulnerable among us, those deliberately targeted in the lead up to the election and those who are now victims of hate in its wake – members of our community who are undocumented, people of color, LGBTQ people, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants, the differently abled, and women.
We have seen firsthand the anxiety and fear generated in the months leading up to this election and in its aftermath.
As educators, we affirm UCLA’s commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive and respectful of diversity in all its forms – in our classrooms, our offices, on campus and beyond. We are prepared to defend and support our campus community as we protect our democracy.
If you agree with us, we urge you to sign your name to our Action Network petition.
UCLA Faculty United Executive Committee
Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Frank Tobias Higbie
Charlene Villaseñor Black
(The petition was published in the Daily Bruin on November 14, 2016. For more information, click here.)