UC Riverside Faculty Association

RFA’s Statement following 2016 Election


To the UCR Community,

The UC Riverside Faculty Association calls on UCR faculty, students and employees to stand united against acts of hate and bigotry directed at our students and fellow employees following the Presidential election. Words and acts of hate are forms of violence that threaten our mission as a public university committed to the betterment of our global society through teaching, learning, and the dissemination of new knowledge.

We pledge to stand up for, support, and defend the most vulnerable among us, those deliberately targeted as the election approached, and those who are now victims of hate – members of our community who are undocumented, people of color, LGBTQ people, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants, the differently abled, and women. We have seen firsthand the anxiety and fear generated in the months leading up to this election.

As educators, we affirm UCR’s commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive and respectful of diversity in all forms — in our classrooms, our offices, on campus, and beyond. We are prepared to defend and support our campus community as we protect our democracy.


The Board of the Riverside Faculty Association:
Chris Chase-Dunn, Sociology
Norman Ellstrand, Botany and Plant Sciences
Farah Godrej, Political Science
Michel Lapidus, Mathematics
Patricia Morton, Art History
Jennifer Ramos, Comparative Literature and Languages


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