Dear Colleagues: I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Margaret Shih, effective July 1, 2019, as the next Associate Vice Chancellor, BruinX (“AVC”). BruinX is the multidisciplinary research and development unit within UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. I am thrilled that Professor Shih has agreed to join my Office in…
From January 27 - January 31, 2020, UCLA will celebrate First-Generation Awareness Week, bringing to light and recognizing the 9,000-plus UCLA students who self-report as first-generation college students with a host of programming and activities.
Taking effect on November 4, 2019, the "legal name" field has been removed from the back of students' UCLA BruinCards. Demonstrating UCLA's commitment to greater inclusiveness, students with a registered preferred first name will no longer have a legal name printed on the back of their BruinCards,
PEN America, a nonprofit organization working to defend and celebrate free expression in the United States and worldwide, recently published their Campus Free Speech Guide. The Guide highlights EDI resources on free speech and provides practical, principled guidance for how campuses can best remain open to all voices.
Roughly a year ago I launched CrossCheck, an online platform I’ve used to change the way we think and talk about equity, diversity and inclusion in the University. My number one goal has been to encourage all of us to “up our game” with respect to our discourse about equity, diversity and inclusion and to insist that we go beyond soundbites, caricatures and slogans. This year I am excited to launch CrossCheck Live. Same CrossCheck commitments—but “live.” This new format will allow us to tap into and dialogue with UCLA’s extraordinary pool of talent, including you.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has introduced a new term to our lexicon: “social distancing.” I confess I dread that term. To me, it sounds like social ostracization, stigmatization, the “othering” of those who are marked as outsiders. If it were up to me, I would’ve picked “social buffering,” “safe distancing,” or even “safe spacing.”