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Media Advisory

The Chancellor's Task Force on Hate and Bias
 

09 September 2003

ATTENTION: Higher education writers and assignment editors

Contact: Marie Felde
(510) 642-3734 mff@uclink.berkeley.edu


WHAT
A press conference to announce the commissioning of a joint student-administration task force to recommend actions the University of California, Berkeley, campus can take to combat incidents of hatred or bias against people based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation or gender.

WHEN
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10.

WHERE
Steps of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley

WHO
Speakers at the event will include:

  • Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl
  • Adil Khan, student co-chair of the new task force

DETAILS
The Chancellor's Task Force on Hate and Bias is one of several steps sought by students who last spring convened a special town hall meeting to urge that more be done to make the campus a safer, more tolerant environment. The coalition of concerned students includes a wide array of communities, including African American, Latino, Asian-American, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) students.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, some members of the campus community have reported what they feel are increasing acts of hate and bias. The mission of the task force is, to prevent and meaningfully respond to incidents of hate on campus and, in the process, create a campus climate that does not tolerate such incidents.