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Statements on protests following George Floyd's death

The University of California and the UC Education Abroad Program have released statements on the protests and violence following George Floyd's death.

On May 31, University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and President Janet Napolitano issued a joint statement on the protests and violence following George Floyd's death.

UCEAP issued the statement below on June 8, 2020.

UCEAP statement

Dear UCEAP Community,

UCEAP shares the pain, sadness, and anger of the collective community due to the longstanding racism and system oppression evidenced most recently by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and do not condone racism or discrimination of any kind.

In this moment, change is what is needed, and in this moment, we cannot leave the work of transformation solely to students and alumni. We, too, are responsible for transforming, as complacency equals complicity.

While broad change is needed, to this end, UCEAP is also examining what we can do as an organization to enact change. UCEAP will:

  • Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership team, in cooperation with UCOP and in partnership with campus and field staff, to review all aspects of UCEAP’s operations.
  • Require all UCEAP staff to complete UC’s Managing Implicit Bias series.
  • Establish funding for staff to utilize more diversity resources.
  • Schedule in-person diversity and inclusion support workshops, in collaboration with Diversity Abroad, for field staff once conditions permit.

UCEAP is committed to these initiatives because action is needed more than words. We will listen, learn, and act together to make a positive impact in our community. Together, we can educate ourselves, and use our collective voice to speak out against injustice in all forms. We see you, we support you, and we stand with you.

We invite you to join us in sharing resources, articles, and your experiences as we take action in the fight against racism and violence.