UC Riverside Chancellor Sends Message of Inclusiveness and Hope to Campus

Kim A. Wilcox said UCR takes pride in diversity

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – On Monday, Nov. 14, Kim A. Wilcox, the University of California, Riverside Chancellor, sent the following message to UCR students, staff, and faculty:

Dear UCR Community,

Over the past few days, I’ve spoken directly with many members of our campus community about their concerns following the presidential election. As a community, we have swiftly responded by providing students, in particular, with numerous personal and academic support services, while faculty have organized campus forums to discuss the implications of last week’s election. Please see details listed below this message.

Together, we take tremendous pride in our diversity, and we are deeply committed to a maintaining a campus of respect. We must remain sensitive to the perspectives of others, while providing a safe and welcoming environment that encourages intellectual growth and spirited discussion. In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will reinforce our efforts to defend this safe and welcoming environment against forces that would undermine it.

As one of the most diverse research universities in the nation, I know that we strive to be a place where all – regardless of their background – can thrive and succeed. And, as we come together, I am hopeful that we can provide an even more powerful example of respect, inclusiveness, and resilience.

Kim A. Wilcox

Chancellor Wilcox also noted several resources that are available on campus, including:

Student Resources:

  • Counseling and Psychological Resources, available 24 hours a day (Phone: 951-827-5531)
  • LGBT Resource Center (Phone: 951-827-2267, Email: out@ucr.edu)
  • Middle Eastern Student Center (Phone: 951-827-7233, Email: tina.aoun@ucr.edu)
  • Undocumented Student Programs (Phone: 951-827-3808, Email: ana.coria@ucr.edu)
  • Women’s Resource Center (Phone: 951-827-3337)

Additional Resources:

  • Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (Phone: 951-781-0510)
  • UC Police Department (Phone: 951-827-5222)

Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, University of California President Janet Napolitano jointly issued, along with all 10 UC chancellors, the following statement to all UCs:

In light of yesterday’s election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community. The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well.

We are proud of what the University of California stands for and hope to convey that positive message to others in our state and nation.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: mojgan.sherkat@ucr.edu
Twitter: mojgansherkat

Additional Contacts

John Warren
Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

James Grant
Tel: (951) 827-6047
E-mail: james.grant@ucr.edu

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