Statements

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.


Statements Supporting Reproductive Rights of Women

The DEI committee stands by the following statements made by the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor and the University of California Office of The President.

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. June 24, 2022

We are deeply troubled by the long-term ramifications for reproductive rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

With this decision, the Court has overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions that have protected a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare for nearly 50 years. Many are rightfully troubled that this reversal may mean the Supreme Court will review—and potentially overturn—cases relying on similar reasoning that led the federal government to recognize other civil rights. 

Earlier today, President Michael V. Drake released a statement expressing the University of California’s grave concern regarding the Court’s ruling, which is antithetical to the University of California’s mission and values. The University of California strongly supports allowing individuals to access necessary health care services and to make decisions about their own care in consultation with their medical team. 

UC San Diego Health will continue to provide patients and students with access to comprehensive reproductive health services and will continue to partner with community organizations and Planned Parenthood for more complex cases.

UC San Diego is investigating the development of wrap-around services to alleviate difficulties created by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

We are grateful that lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would protect reproductive rights in our state and grateful that Gov. Gavin Newsom has indicated his complete support. 

Support Resources for Students and Employees

News of this nature affects members of our community in different ways. Your Triton community is here for you and ready to help. Students seeking immediate mental health and coping support may reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (858) 534-3755.

Campus employees can contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. UC San Diego Health employees can call (866) 808-6205, company code UCSDMC or review information pertaining to the Employee Assistance Program on Health HR's website. 

Our country has made great strides over the past 50 years, yet as we are experiencing today, that progress is fragile and being threatened. We must all continue toward making a reality an envisioned future that is more just and equitable, protecting and advancing human and civil rights for all people.

Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor

Becky R. Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Patricia S. MaysentChief Executive Officer for UC San Diego Health

From the University of California Office of The President. June 24, 2022

For nearly 50 years, people in the United States have had the right to make private, informed choices about their health care and their futures. I am gravely concerned that today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision removes that right and will endanger lives across the country. This decision overturns decades of legal precedent and could pave the way for other fundamental rights to be removed.

The Court’s decision is antithetical to the University of California’s mission and values. We strongly support allowing individuals to access evidence-based health care services and to make decisions about their own care in consultation with their medical team. Despite this decision by the Court, we will continue to provide the full range of health care options possible in California, including reproductive health services, and to steadfastly advocate for the needs of our patients, students, staff, and the communities we serve. We will also continue to offer comprehensive education and training to the next generation of health care providers, and to conduct life-saving research to the fullest extent possible.

This is a sobering moment for many of us at the University of California and throughout the nation. Today, we stand with California leaders and health care advocates who are taking critical steps to protect Californians’ human rights and their access to affordable and convenient health care choices.

Michael V. Drake, MDPresident, University of California


UC Statement on the Tragic Killing of Daunte Wright

From the University of California Office of The President. April 14, 2021

Sunday’s killing of Daunte Wright is yet another senseless tragedy that tears at our hearts and reopens deep wounds. Even as Americans follow the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, this latest horror vividly conjures the trauma and heartbreak of the killing of George Floyd just a few miles away. And so many, too many, others.

Sunday’s tragedy calls once again for our country to undertake the critical work necessary to reimagine how we conduct policing in America.

We unequivocally stand in support of ending systemic racism, of an immediate end to the killing of unarmed Black and brown individuals by law enforcement, and of prosecuting those that commit hate crimes against Asian Americans.

We are undertaking the critical work of reimagining policing with intentionality and shared purpose as we examine our safety practices and the function of police on our campuses. We will continue that work with purpose by engaging with all of our campus communities and putting forward changes necessary to create a safer future for us all.

Michael V. Drake, MDPresident, University of California


Statement in Support of Asian Communities Impacted by Shootings in Atlanta

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor. March 18, 2021

UC San Diego is deeply saddened by the news that eight people, including six Asian women, were shot dead at three metropolitan Atlanta establishments on Tuesday night. We mourn the senseless and tragic loss of these lives. While the man being charged with the murders denies his actions were racially motivated, the killings come at a time when attacks on Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have increased dramatically.

When faced with tragedies such as these, we often feel afraid for our personal safety and the safety of our friends and families. UC San Diego stands together with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander family, friends and neighbors, and we denounce any and all acts of violence, hatred, or bigotry towards these community members. We encourage everyone to reach out to fellow Tritons to support one another and to be “in community” as we navigate this vulnerable time. Through compassionate actions, we create a campus community of care and belonging.

We understand that events of this nature can affect everyone in different ways. If you feel impacted by this and other events, or if you are experiencing feelings of grief, UC San Diego has resources to support you.

Student Affairs Case Management Services is available to assist Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American students or any student impacted by the violence against the Asian community.

Case Management Services:

Students may also contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (858) 534-3755. If you are a campus employee, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. If you are a UC San Diego Health employee, call (866) 808-6205, company code UCSDMC or review information pertaining to the Employee Assistance Program on Health HR's website. Other excellent resources are available on the Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) website.

We condemn all acts of anti-Asian racism and violence in the strongest terms, and we continue to stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities at UC San Diego, in our local community, in the U.S. and around the world.

Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor

Becky R. Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Standing with our Asian Community Members

February 25, 2021

The DEI committee stands by the Asian Community in condemning recent violence against them. See below for a message from the Chancellor.

From the UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor.

UC San Diego strongly condemns the string of violence perpetrated against the Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. An 83-year-old woman was randomly attacked on a San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolley on February 8; a 91-year-old man in Oakland was pushed face down into a sidewalk; and an 84-year-old man died recently after being assaulted on his morning walk in San Francisco. These accounts, and many others including physical and psychological harm, are deeply disturbing tragedies.

The recent rise of violence has been connected to hate-mongering, scapegoating, and racism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize and condemn all acts of anti-Asian racism and violence. We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities at UC San Diego, in our local community, in the U.S. and around the world.

These deplorable race-based attacks reinforce the need to advance and practice civil engagement and to promote and advocate for justice for all. As Tritons, we will continue our longstanding efforts to build inclusive communities that strengthen civic life for everyone. Through these actions, we demonstrate our fundamental commitment to antiracism and promote inclusion for all those who consider America their home.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as other units, has been actively engaged in ongoing community conversations to provide spaces for healing and to identify ways to be agents of change during these difficult times. To learn more about xenophobia and how to effectively combat its harmful effects, we encourage you to watch a recent UC San Diego webinar, Tritons Tackling Xenophobia: Battling Racism in the Era of COVID-19. Other excellent resources are available on the Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) website.

If you have experienced racial bigotry or believed you have been targeted at UC San Diego, please report the incident to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).

We understand that events of this nature can affect everyone in different ways. If needed, we encourage you to seek support through one of the many campus resources. If you are a student, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (858) 534-3755. If you are a campus employee, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. If you are a UC San Diego Health employee, call (866) 808-6205, company code UCSDMC or review information pertaining to the Employee Assistance Program on Health HR's website.

Although statements such as these do not resolve the intractable issues we face as a country, or even begin to heal the hurt and trauma caused by structural and systemic racism and discrimination, UC San Diego remains committed to supporting a climate of care and belonging. Collectively, let us continue to work together for a more just, equitable and humane society in our service, engagement, pedagogy, community, and collaborative efforts.

Pradeep K. KhoslaChancellor

Becky R. PetittVice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


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. KhoslaChancellor


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. KhoslaChancellor

Becky R. PetittVice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion