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UC Berkeley supports #ShutDownSTEM and Black Lives Matter

Sather Gate
UC Berkeley's Sather Gate (Photo by Peg Skorpinski)

A. Paul Alivisatos, executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to deans on Tuesday:

As we briefly discussed earlier today in Council of Deans, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 is a national day of action as indicated on social media: #Strike4BlackLives, #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia. This is an opportunity for us, as campus leaders, to carefully consider how we will address racism and engage our communities in deeper awareness and dialogue. Personally, I will be using some of my previously scheduled meetings to promote learning and planning on the topic of racism and unconscious bias. I hope you will make similar observances as well within your communities. Equally important will be the action we take, individually and collectively. We anticipate announcing campus-level actions later in the week.

I am in support of this message from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

I will share this message over social media and I encourage you to craft your own unit-specific messages to members of your community, and if you wish, to share over your unit-specific social media channels. The Communications & Public Affairs office will amplify those messages.