(“The acts of racial hatred occurred on UC campuses in San Diego, Irvine, and Davis. They targeted African American, Jewish, Latino, and homosexual students.”– Regent Eddie Island)
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The University of California regents came out Wednesday in San Francisco to denounce several acts of racism that have occurred on at least three campuses in recent weeks and outline steps to prevent future incidents.
At the meeting on the UC Mission Bay campus, UC President Mark Yudoff said these are the worst student accounts of hatred he has heard in 20 years.
“What I heard was deeply disturbing,” he said. “I know a woman who had a swastika drawn on her door, a young man who heard other students using the most loathsome epithets in his presence, another student who saw her dorm roommates darkening her photograph.”
Yudoff told those gathered that the administrations of each campus are fully cooperating with hate crime investigations. “Whenever one of these vile acts occurs, we will act, and we will reexamine the campus climate issues, and the other issues that caused these problems to fester.”
Several other regents spoke out against the recent, disturbing trend, saying it caught them off guard.
“We didn’t think this was going to happen at this time and in our fine universities,” said regent Sherry Lansing. “I think I speak for not just the regents, but every citizen, that when we read these accounts, we were horrified, and we were ashamed.”
“We failed to provide a nurturing environment – we as a board,” said Regent Eddie Island. “We didn’t intend this failure, but we have failed.”
“This hurts everyone,” Island said.
The acts of racial hatred occurred on UC campuses in San Diego, Irvine, and Davis. They targeted African American, Jewish, Latino, and homosexual students.
At the Wednesday meeting, measures were outlined to improve student diversity, prevent intolerance, and develop campus hate crime legislation.
(To watch video recordings of today’s Regents meetings click Here)