UCSD teach-in today to focus on ‘respect and civility’

A “teach-in” is scheduled at UC San Diego today to condemn a recent off-campus party that university officials said mocked Black History Month and perpetuated racist stereotypes.

The office of UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said in a statement that the event is intended to “explore how such incidents continue to occur today and to discuss the importance of mutual respect and civility on our campus.’”

Racial concerns on campus stemmed from a President’s Day party that allegedly mocked Black History Month. Called the “Compton Cookout,” attendees were urged to dress and act in a manner that school officials say perpetuated racist stereotypes.

The situation was inflamed several days later when racially insensitive language was reportedly used on a student-run television program called KoalaTV during a discussion about the party.

In a press release issued late Tuesday, Fox said, “I want to commend our students for their show of unity today,” referring to the School of Medicine Student-Run Diversity Coalition Peaceful Rally that occurred on campus at noon. “In addition, we are committed to working together with Black community leaders to discuss and address the issues on our campus so that we can heal and rebuild.”

The release added that the campus “is committing all of its resources – legal, moral, ethical, communal and educational – to make positive, necessary changes on its campus.

It also said that on Tuesday campus officials “met with African-American leadership including San Diego City Council member Tony Young, representatives from the Urban League and the NAACP, as well as other community leaders who have agreed to present a community forum on issues of hate and bias – issues that affect individuals throughout the San Diego community.

“At UC San Diego, we take seriously the issues raised by our students and our university community, and our paramount concern is to ensure the emotional and physical safety of our campus family,” Fox noted.

The university also launcheda “Battle Hate” website at http://battlehate.ucsd.edu that details the actions underway.

In related developments Utsav Gupta, president of the UCSD Associated Students, described the KoalaTV program as “deeply offensive and hurtful” and cut funding to all fee-supported student-run media organizations pending a review. Associated Students also revoked the charter for the student-run television station.

According to Associated Students, KoalaTV is put on by the publishers of a student newspaper called The Koala.

UCSD administrators have condemned the racially themed party and said in a statement they are investigating the incidents for violations of the student code of conduct.

Related posts:

  1. UCSD black alumni to gather amidst rising tension
  2. Petition drive aims to stop UCSD funding of alt student paper
  3. Students returning to UCSD this week
  4. UCSD hosting Election Night party
  5. Enrollment up in UCSD extended studies programs

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=7704

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Rita Szczotka of La Jolla applies her business savvy to charitable causes
    Rita Szczotka graduated from Hoover High School in 1976. She was crowned Miss San Diego, Fairest of the Fair in 1977 and a runner up to the Miss California pageant that same year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from National University and San Diego State. After 20-plus years in the financial industry wor […]
  • House of Week; 8720 Cliffridge Aveneu
    A Perfect Blend of Luxury and Harmony 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,321 estimated square feet. State-of-the-art gourmet chef’s kitchen. Open and functional floor plan. High-end remodel. Wenge hardwood flooring. Air conditioning, custom paint, & home lighting automation. An expansive grassy & lush backyard. Spa-like bathrooms. Close proximity to beache […]
  • La Jolla Family Dentistry treats those with special needs and expert knowledge
    Special needs dentistry patients are a focus for Jana Osmolinski, DDS, at La Jolla Family Dentistry. Jana, a trained dental anesthesiologist, and her husband and partner, Eric Osmolinski, DMD, have worked as a dental team in town since opening newly renovated Draper offices in August 2013. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS