CREATE Statement in Response to Graffiti

In support of UC San Diego’s condemnation of a campus graffiti incident on Friday, April 8, 2016, CREATE has issued the following additional statement.

April 12, 2016

Dear community,
We are deeply angered by the actions of the unknown individuals who defaced our common property this weekend with messages that devalued Latino and immigrant members of the San Diego and UC San Diego community. (See University statement here and below signature.)

We are angry because of the false impression this might give to our community that UC San Diego itself welcomes some Tritons and community members more than others. We are also angry because this does harm to the years of urgent and careful work many of us have been doing to connect our university to the San Diego community, through deep sharing of inclusive opportunities to learn.

Efforts to divide us as a campus and community are a disgrace, and they will fail. UC San Diego stands united in our commitment to full inclusion of the rich diversity of our entire community. When we all bring all communities’ strengths to our campus, the entire region benefits. We condemn the graffiti scrawled on the ground of UC San Diego this weekend –the hateful, harmful speech of a few—and stand united with all San Diego communities in support of opportunity for all young people.

In response to hate, we remain more committed than ever to spreading opportunity, valuing diversity, and supporting each member of our society and region.

Mica Pollock
Director, CREATE (Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence)
Professor, Department of Education Studies
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0036
La Jolla, CA 92093-0036


April 11, 2016

UC San Diego Statement: Campus Graffiti

A series of incidents occurring on college and university campuses across the United States have reflected our nation’s current divisive political climate. Unfortunately, late Friday evening graffiti promoting the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the construction of a wall on the border of Mexico was discovered chalked on UC San Diego’s campus sidewalks. This graffiti runs counter to our campus values of equity and inclusion. We value diversity and respect for all cultures.

UC San Diego is steadfast in the commitment to our Principles of Community which reflect a collective dedication to a campus where we uphold each individual’s right to dignity, justice and respect. We affirm the Principles of Community as the guide for all campus citizens as we move forward to foster the best working and learning environment.

UC San Diego Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors