The Inclusion and Equity Committee introduces the Social Justice Electronic Bulletin of news, trends and a chronicle of incidents of discrimination, hate crimes, and hate group activity from across the United States.
University of California at San Diego Makes Major Commitment to Enhance Faculty Diversity
The University of California at San Diego announced that it will recruit 40 new faculty members during the 2010-11 academic year. The university will launch searches for 33 positions, with 12 specifically earmarked to contribute to the university's "diversity, equity, and climate of inclusion." Funding for seven additional faculty positions has also been allocated for opportunities to hire exceptional scholars who may become available during the academic year.
Due to state law, race cannot be used in considering whom to hire to faculty positions at all public universities in California. Thus the 12 new "diversity" hires can be of any race so long as they "help shape and expand campus diversity initiatives through their research, teaching, and service."
Several racial incidents occurred on the campus of the University of California at San Diego in the 2009-10 academic year. These incidents led to calls for efforts to increase the number of black and other minority students and faculty on campus. At the present time, blacks are only 2 percent of the student body.
A Food Kitchen for Needy Students Is Established at UCLA
Students at the University of California at Los Angeles have opened a "food closet" on campus for low-income students on campus. The food kitchen is open 24 hours a day. Items such as cereal, soups, macaroni and cheese, canned beans, and instant noodles are available. Food is donated by several campus organizations and founders are asking local businesses to contribute. Students contribute to the cause by donating unused meals from their campus dining plans.
Microwave ovens, plates, and utensils are available in a student lounge across the hallway from the food closet. About 40 to 50 students take advantage of the service each day.