Black Community Solidarity

Below you'll find our post category archive. Note that many titles will have , , and at the end of the text. These help identify pages, posts, and events representing our three core values: Community, Thriving, and Wellness. To learn more about this, read about our Action Plan. These also all help support our #ActForInclusion.

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SOCIAL SCIENCES | Commemorating Juneteenth

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To Be Black and Safe – Reflections on the Buffalo Mass Shooting ♥

Dear campus community, May 14 began like any other Saturday afternoon for customers at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York. The day ended quite differently, however. Gun shots shattered their routine activity. Ten of the 13 victims were killed-all Black. Local police have arrested the gunman, who was unharmed. There is no mystery why the perpetrator, a white male teenager, targeted this store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The shooter described his motivation in a manifesto and live streamed his attack. Drawing on replacement theory, he regarded the very existence of Black people and immigrants as posing an existential…

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UCI Black Thriving: Making a New Black History

UCI Black Thriving: Making a New Black History A message from Vice Chancellor Douglas M. Haynes,  Dear campus community, I welcome you all to join me in commemorating February as Black History Month. Carter Woodson, a historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, conceived of Negro History week in 1926. Fifty years later President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976. The name and length of the observance changed, but the essential purpose of recognizing Black history remains unchanged to this day. The observance is as much about the future as about…

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UCOP | President Drake: A statement on the recent bomb threats made against Historically Black Colleges and Universities ♥

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UCOP | Celebrating Black History Month at the University of California ♥ ★

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In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 ♥★

    A message from Douglas M. Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Willie L. Banks Jr., Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dear campus community, Our individual sense of hope for the future lifts our optimism for 2022 and we wish you all a happy new year. This is the core of the Anteater spirit, which has been so important over the past couple years. There’s no denying that COVID has disrupted how we learn and work not to mention the continued impact on our families and our communities. We want you to know that your courage,…

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Asian Americans in the 2020-Election Our Survival is Political

MS. MAGAZINE | U.S. Acts Decisively to Protect Asian Americans—But Drags Its Feet on Protecting Black Americans ♥

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Juneteenth 2021 ♥ ★

Dear campus community, Yesterday President Joseph Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. By creating this federal holiday, the United States government marks an important milestone in the protracted struggle for national accountability for the institution of slavery and its afterlife. The date June 19, 1865 brought the Emancipation Proclamation full circle. Issued by President Lincoln on September 22, 1862, the proclamation emancipated enslaved Black people in states in rebellion against the government of the United States. Until the Union prevailed, the enforcement of the proclamation did not…

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A Message from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Hal Stern | UCI Black Thriving Initiative Faculty Cluster Hiring Program Outcome ★

Dear colleagues, I am pleased to announce the outcome of the inaugural call for proposals for the UCI Black Thriving Initiative Faculty Cluster Hiring Program. As announced last fall, the program is a competitive multi-year effort to recruit faculty who interrogate structural racism in its myriad forms. As part of the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, the program aims to build on the hiring priorities of academic units; pave new paths for research and creative expression, teaching and learning, and community engagement; generate interdisciplinary collaboration; and manifest our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We received a total of 17 proposals,…

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A Message from the Law School | Community Statement on Chauvin Verdict ♥

Community Statement on Chauvin Verdict 04-20-2021 Dear Law School Community, Over the last few weeks, we have endured the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, even as we have confronted new instances of police violence against Black and brown people in the U.S. Many of the bystanders who witnessed the murder of George Floyd by Officer Chauvin were forced to relive those 9 minutes and 29 seconds during the trial. Darnella Frazier was forced to relive those horrific moments that she captured on video, which altered the trajectory of this case and prevented it from being submerged in an…

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