No Layoffs of UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Staff Employees!
  • Petitioned Robert J. Birgeneau

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Chancellor
Robert J. Birgeneau
Dean
Andrew Szeri

No Layoffs of UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Staff Employees!

    1. Petition by

      Berkeley AAPI Alumni Association

The budget cuts has dramatically affected Social Sciences and Humanities at UC Berkeley. On March 4, the Daily Cal, wrote that "Seven departments within UC Berkeley's Division of Social Sciences at the College of Letters and Science - including African American studies, gender and women's studies and ethnic studies will begin consolidating staff in an effort to cut $500,000 from the division, which will result in layoffs and reductions in work hours." The Ethnic Studies department faces significant cuts that will affect the well-being of the students, workers, and alumni with the proposed layoffs of Ethnic Studies staff taking affect as soon as April 2nd. It is urgent that we, as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) alumni of UC Berkeley and allies to communities of color and historically subjugated groups, must support Ethnic Studies by signing this petition to put pressure on Administration.

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    • Jesse Dutton-Kenny OAKLAND, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      As an Ethnic Studies major at UCB I am proud to support this petition, our students, our faculty, and our amazing staff. Ethnic Studies is a home to so many of us and its incredibly hurtful to see these relentless attacks.

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    • Frances Fu OAKLAND, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      We are already suffering!

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    • Anaruth Hernandez SANTA CLARA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      California's asset is it's diveristy, if you take this away you are going to negatively affect it.

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    • Alan Fong KENSINGTON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Even at my age, 68, I know an undergrad at Cal, who's interested in filmmaking. Last year, he'd done a film including my son and the 3 of us went out to dinner after. He said he was taking a course in Ethnic Studies and I let on I'd had something to do with the establishment of the Department. The course he was taking involved Asian-American filmmakers and, thinking about it, represents what Cal used to be all about. Someone interested in something and able to find people who teach it. Don't lose it, Cal!

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    • Timothy Huey OAKLAND, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      As a graduate of the Ethnic Studies minor at nearby Saint Mary's College of California, I wish that Saint Mary's had this size and strength of departments to support ethnic studies learning. We should be moving towards supporting these departments, not weakening them.

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