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UC DAVIS Office of Campus Community Relations

Campus Council on Community and Diversity
Campus Action Plan and Outline of the Hate Free Campus Initiative


Introduction

In response to several incidents of hate and bias that plagued campuses in the UC system this past spring, the Office of the President (UCOP) requested that each campus form an Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion. The campus councils were required to include representatives from the faculty, staff, student, alumni and local community, and were charged with advising a course of action(s) in response to incidents of hate and bias, and monitoring and evaluating the campus’s effort to promote diversity and build a more inclusive community.

The UC Davis Campus Council on Community and Diversity (CCC&D) has served this purpose for more than a decade. We recommended that the CCC&D’s membership be reorganized this past spring (additional faculty representatives with expertise in diversity issues and representatives from our alumni and local community) to meet the new criteria of the proposed campus advisory councils and serve as the UC Davis advisory council. This recommendation was approved by the Office of the President. The CCC&D is now chaired by Chancellor Katehi with the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor and the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations serving as co-vice chairs. During the 2010 spring quarter, the CCC&D was charged by Chancellor Katehi to develop a Campus Action Plan in response to the incidents of hate and bias that had occurred on campus during the quarter. The CCC&D held several emergency meetings during the spring in addition to its regularly scheduled meetings to develop both immediate action steps (in response to the current situation) and a campus action plan to proactively address future incidents.

At the June 17, 2010 meeting, the Council completed its Campus Action Plan for responding to incidents of hate and bias. The action plan is both responsive to these types of incidents and proactively supports educational opportunities that promote our campus Principles of Community.

As a first step in executing the action plan, the CCC&D has reorganized its subcommittee structure to include two new subcommittees. The “Academic Issues and Concerns” subcommittee is charged with reviewing the new General Education program scheduled to be implemented in 2012 and the curriculum listed as satisfying the diversity requirement; collaborating with the Academic Senate/Federation Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee and making recommendation for courses which would strengthen our efforts to foster a better understanding of the educational value of diversity; and promoting educational activities that foster a greater awareness of cultural diversity and encourages opportunities for cross-cultural learning experiences. The subcommittee will also review our current strategies for increasing the number of underrepresented minority faculty and staff, and make recommendations on how we can increase the yield result of our efforts in these areas.

The “Student Life Issues and Campus Climate” subcommittee is charged with reviewing campus strategies for increasing the number of underrepresented minority students, advising and collaborating with student life campus units and student organizations (i.e. Cross Cultural Center, Women’s Resources and Resource Center, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, Black Student Union, Graduate Student Association, Associated Students of UC Davis, School of Medicine Student orgs, etc.) in the development of programs designed to foster a more inclusive campus climate, and supporting the development of leadership training opportunities for students and professional development training in cultural competency for students and staff.

The Campus Action Plan also calls for the creation of a “Rapid Response Team” with established protocols for addressing future incidents of hate and bias on the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Members of the team will include representatives from Student Affairs, Administrative Resources and Management, Campus Community Relations, UC Davis Health System, UC Davis Police Department, University Communications, Campus Counsel, Human Resources, and the student community. The team will be responsible for the campus’s initial response to incidents of hate and bias including the preliminary assessment of whether the event is a hate crime as defined by law and required to be referred directly to the police department, facilitating and coordinating internal and external (media) communications, security and safety issues, and building & maintenance concerns. The Rapid Response Team will be co-chaired by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor. These two administrators will also serve as the UC Davis contacts for the new UCOP Hate and Bias Reporting System.

The Campus Action Plan also includes the launching of a “Hate-Free Campus Initiative” that seeks to proactively engages the entire campus community in educational programs, training and activities designed to confront and stop acts of hate, foster a greater awareness and appreciation for diversity, promote civility and respect in our human interactions, and build a more inclusive campus community. Below is an outline of the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.

  1. Formal announcement of the CCC&D Campus Action Plan including the Hate-Free Campus Initiative during the Student Activities Faire on October 13, 2010
    • Place articles announcing the Campus Action Plan and the Hate-Free Campus Initiative in the Aggie, Dateline, Davis Enterprise, and other news outlets.
    • Develop and distribute Hate-Free Campus Initiative flyers at the Student Activities Faire.
    • Collaborate with student leaders (ASUCD, Graduate & Professional Student Associations, Student Assistants to the Chancellor and Cross Cultural Center Campus Climate Interns, Greek Organizations) and encourage their input and assistance in sponsoring programs and activities for the student community in support of the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.
    • Meet with the leadership of faculty and staff constituent groups to seek their input, support, and request that each group sponsor a Hate-Free Campus activity or program for the 2010-11 academic year with funding support from the Office of Campus Community Relations.
  2.  Collaborate with the Museum of Tolerance on training/professional development activities and programmatic initiatives in support of the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.
    • Bring the “Point of View Caf� Exhibit” to both the Davis and Sacramento campuses of UC Davis (consider other exhibits that would be appropriate educational tools for an academic institution.
    • Collaborate with the Museum of Tolerance (staff) in the development of educational workshops and training seminars for managers, department chairs, staff and students.
    • Co-sponsor community forums focused on topics related to the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.
  3. Initiate “the Civility Project.”
    • This yearlong project is designed to use history and the arts to engage members of the university community in an examination of how incivility has been and continues to be manifested on campus, and to suggest alternative engagements in the future. Graduate student fellows will create a web-based history of incivility on campus and an original documentary theatre performance based on recent enactments of hate and incivility on the UC Davis campus. In a related project, funded by the Peter J. Shields Library, the Office of Campus Community Relations, and the Department of History, a graduate student fellow will conduct archival research on relevant Shields Library’s Special Collections holdings, in order to help develop research models and pedagogical materials that facilitate critical and meaningful scholarship when the object) of study are controversial materials that require sensitivity in their presentation.
  4.  Continue the Hate-Free Campus Distinguished Speakers Series.
    • Following up on the successful campus visits and lectures by National Endowment for the Humanities Chairmen, Jim Leach and author/activist, Tim Wise (spring 2010), we plan to have a noted speaker for this series in the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2010-11 academic year.
  5. The Moises Kaufman Residency Program (October 2010).
    • Moises Kaufman will spend two days on campus presenting a lecture, conducting a master class and visiting classrooms. Moises is the son of a Holocaust survivor and “grew up in overwhelmingly Catholic and adamantly heterosexual Caracas, Venezuela, as a yeshiva-trained Orthodox Jew with sidelocks, hiding from his own people because he was gay.” Both through his personal experience, and through his work researching and creating the play The Laramie Project, based on the murder of an openly gay student in Laramie, Wyoming, Kaufman is positioned to help the campus address our recent incidents of hate and bias, and to provide a keen sense of both the personal and the global impact they have.
  6. Annual Principles of Community Celebration Week (March 2011).
    • The annual POC Week Celebration will offer a number of Hate-Free Campus programs and activities for faculty, staff, students and members of the general community.
    • All faculty and staff will be encouraged to complete the new POC Online Training Course during the 2010-11 academic year.
    • Student Affairs units will review the POC course with an eye to determine how we might adjust it for the student community.
  7.  Cultural Days
    • Cultural Days Programming will include various student programs and activities in support of the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.
  8. The Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Cultural Harmony (REACH) Retreat (January 2011).
    • The annual REACH Retreat will incorporate training and activities for student leaders in support of the Hate-Free Campus Initiative.

The programs, training and activities initiated this year during the Hate-Free Campus Initiative will serve as a foundation for ongoing and future events in support of our effort to stop incidents of hate and bias and build a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus environment.