In support of an inclusive and supportive campus

May 7, 2019

 Student Affairs

 

Dear Campus Community -

It is with deep regret and concern that we share with you a report of unacceptable expressions of bias and discrimination. A video surfaced that appears to show members of an unrecognized fraternity operating near our campus using derogatory, anti-LGBTQ+ language. While this particular organization is not recognized by the campus, we cannot ignore the pain and suffering caused to our queer and trans members of our community. Indeed, such egregious language is an affront to all us.

The campus administration, in partnership with the divisions of Student Affairs and Equity & Inclusion, is determined to support all students in our community. We must have a truly inclusive culture where all can feel safe, respected, and welcome. We also must come together and determine how we can best deter and confront not only bias but all manifestations of intolerance and exclusion that violate our shared values and Principles of Community.

We must also note that at UC Berkeley, 63 recognized CalGreeks fraternity and sorority organizations are active on campus, with approximately one in eight undergraduate students participating in these groups. These diverse organizations, comprised of students of many communities and identities, are recognized for their commitment to following university guidelines, and frequently work in collaboration with the university on safety and wellness initiatives. Unfortunately, we also have unrecognized groups active near our campus. These groups, not currently recognized by the University, do not take advantage of important trainings and advisement. While several of these organizations are working towards being re-recognized by UC Berkeley, many of these groups do not align with campus policies, practices, and standards. You may see a full list of recognized and unrecognized Greek groups here.

If you need support, the campus has several resources, including counseling services, the Gender Equity Resource Center, and the Queer Alliance & Resource Center (QARC). For help navigating these resources, please contact: deanofstudents@berkeley.edu, or visit deanofstudents.berkeley.edu/well-being.

 

Sincerely,

Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Oscar Dubón, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

 

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