Letter to President Napolitano and Chancellor Hexter From Hart Hall Chairs and Directors
Given the recent presidential election results and the selected cabinet and transition team, we urgently call upon President Napolitano and Chancellor Hexter to declare our UCD campus, and the UC system by extension, a sanctuary campus. That is to say, a campus that grants permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants. This will make the UC system one that stands with vulnerable student populations and their family members against unfair deportation, investigation, or other forms of intimidation.
We urgently call on President Napolitano and Chancellor Hexter to be in solidarity with our various students, staff, and faculty communities that feel under direct threat by the president elect’s stated intentions to persecute those of different races, nationalities, and religions.
We call on President Napolitano and Interim Chancellor Hexter to send a strong message condemning all forms of bigotry, bullying, and harassment. You must reaffirm UCD campus’ and the UC system’s commitment to nondiscrimination regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, immigration status, socioeconomic status, or social, political, and economic philosophy. Now is the time to send a clear message that our campuses will be a “zero tolerance zone” and will take any measures to make our campus safer for diverse communities, and support protections against the persecution and bigotry toward Muslims, LGBTQIA people, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Mexicans and Latinos/as, immigrants, women, sexual assault victims, and people with disabilities, and will not participate in any attempt to deny our students their right to an education in a dignified future.
Finally, we call on you, President Napolitano and Chancellor Hexter, to send a strong message reaffirming the University’s commitment to academic freedom, and to its support, now more than ever, of ethnic studies departments, the humanities, and courses that challenge bigotry, racial discrimination, and white supremacy.
Maxine Craig, Director of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Robert Irwin, Chair of Cultural Studies Graduate Group
Carlos Jackson, Chair of Chicana/o Studies
Richard Kim, Chair of Asian American Studies
Nicelma King, Chair of African American and African Studies
Zoila Mendoza, Chair of Native American Studies
Julie Sze, Chair of American Studies