Message from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The BISB community is committed to building a diverse and vibrant program and creating a culture of inclusion through conversation and education.
Statement on Today's Violence in Washington, DC
From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. January 6, 2021
UC San Diego strongly condemns the violence perpetrated by a mob of rioters who today breached security at the U.S. Capitol. By interfering with the important work of our elected lawmakers, the perpetrators of these actions have undermined our very democracy.
I am also disturbed by what appears to be a stark contrast in the response by law enforcement when compared to actions toward Black and other minoritized communities who have gathered in recent months to exercise their constitutional right to protest systemic racism and injustice.
While peaceful protests are a mainstay of our country’s history, there is no place in a democracy for what transpired today. Such lawless behavior is unacceptable and weakens the core of our democracy. Every leader has a responsibility to oppose these events and to discourage such behavior.
I am saddened by today’s unlawful actions, but I am confident that our country can and will come together to meet the challenges of our times. The United States is founded on a set of shared principles that include a commitment to the rule of law. The founders created a system that provides avenues and channels to peacefully settle disputes and disagreements.
As Tritons, these events reinforce the need to advance and practice civil engagement and also to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as we help build communities and strengthen civic life. In these actions, we demonstrate our fundamental commitment to democracy and a healing process for all those who consider America their home.
Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor
Standing with Our Black Campus Community
From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. September 25, 2020
Breonna Taylor, a Black healthcare worker in Louisville, Kentucky was shot and killed on March 13 by police officers who were serving a search warrant at her apartment. Her tragic death led to widespread demonstrations for Black lives across the country in the spring and summer.
On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer for endangering the lives of Ms. Taylor’s neighbors, not for her death. The officer was dismissed from the force in June in a termination letter stating that he showed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” These findings leave us saddened and outraged as we reflect on the indifference given to Ms. Taylor’s life.
Justice did not serve Breonna Taylor. It failed her. The decision grievously affirms that we must continue to work toward a world that demonstrates that it values Black Lives.
We recognize that the grand jury’s findings compound ongoing pain and trauma suffered by our Black family, friends and neighbors, and that many members of campus are also deeply affected by a decision that echoes the pervasive systemic anti-Black racism in America. We ask all Tritons to continue to stand in solidarity with our Black community members, to reach out and care for one another.
Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor
Becky R. Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion