- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
May 24, 2021
Tomorrow marks one year since the murder of George Floyd. We pause to reflect on and honor his memory, and the countless others who have been maimed or killed by forces of oppression and bigotry during our nation's long history. The pernicious effects of racism have altered the course of our country from before its founding, and persist in ways large and small to this very day.
This past year in particular – with international public reckoning over racial injustice, and the disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the pandemic on people of color – leaves us keenly aware of the challenges we face in returning to a forever altered world. It also reminds us of the...
Update on DEI Advisory Council
This month I appointed 11 UC ANR employees to an initial two-year term as founding members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Council for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The group began meeting to consider the Council's role and structure in November; this appointment is effective retroactively from November 1, 2020, through October 31, 2022.
I am convening this advisory council to support DEI efforts that UC ANR staff and academics have undertaken to improve working environments within UC ANR, as well as to improve quality of life for marginalized populations living in the state of California. Diversity is one of our core values and...
Please read the statement below from UC Office of the President about the defeat of Proposition 16, which would have reinstated affirmative action for public higher education. I would like to make it clear these election results will not affect UC ANR's mission to deliver research-based information that improves the lives of all Californians. We serve a diverse array of people – regardless of race, where they are from, who they love or their gender – and remain committed to our core community values of respect, equity and inclusion.
The contentious elections have added tension to the already stressfulness of wildfires, pandemic and power outages. Please take care of...
UC ANR and the entire UC community are dedicated to helping create the open and equitable society to which we are all entitled. As we stand with the global outcry against the senseless, tragic murders of Black Americans, we are exploring new paths we can take to support our communities during this time and into the future.
To help us discover those new paths, resources have been created and compiled by colleagues throughout UC to promote dialogue, understanding, connection and healing. You can find UC ANR resources on our Diversity • Equity • Inclusion webpage. There,...
Sharing your input on diversity, equity and inclusion
The world is focused on fighting anti-Black racism, which has shone a spotlight on the necessity of our critically reviewing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) challenges at UC ANR and developing actionable plans to address them. Everyone's ideas and input are critical to improving DEI in our organization, just as everyone's actions will be part of the solution. I know each of us as individuals has been engaged in deep reflection about how we can create change, both personally and professionally, and I ask you to share your thoughts.
Here are some ways to share your input:
- DEI is an aspect of nearly all the goals in the updated...