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Statements on protests for racial justice

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 October 6, 2020.

UCEAP statement

Dear UCEAP Community,

UCEAP is committed to promoting understanding of systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression—and taking action against injustice. In affirming that Black Lives Matter and condemning injustice, UCEAP pledged to transform our organization to better serve the UC community.

Since June, UCEAP has:

  • Required all UCEAP staff to complete UC’s Managing Implicit Bias series.
  • Added new processes to eliminate implicit bias in our hiring practices.
  • Established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Team, in partnership with campus and field staff, to review all aspects of UCEAP’s operations.
  • Provided professional development funding for staff to utilize more diversity resources.

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

Previous UCEAP statements

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.