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Senate Chair on DACA withdrawal

September 6, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

By abolishing the already minimal protections of DACA, President Donald Trump’s administration is creating acute vulnerabilities for many students and staff at the UCR campus. Friends, extended family, and loved ones beyond the university are questioning whether they will be subjected to new rounds of police profiling and/or forced deportation. The rhetoric surrounding yesterday’s executive decision is reiterating classical racist and misogynist notions of people (and not merely undocumented migrants) hailing from Mexico, Central America, and the Afro-Caribbean.

While in some ways, this is an unsurprising development given the history and current trajectory of US government, i am writing to encourage all of us to stand against this intensified, official repression and criminalization of targeted populations, on the UCR campus and beyond. I have no doubt that there will be numerous opportunities for us to utilize our expertise, courage, and collective energy to speak to the historical record during this critical moment.


Results of Spring 2017 Faculty Surveys

August 25, 2017

Dear UCR Senate Colleagues,

I hope you're enjoying the late summer months!

I am pleased to announce the publication of the results of the Spring 2017 Cluster Hiring Survey and Survey of Recently Hired Faculty. The link below will provide access to the full document, which includes a Chair’s overview of the survey comments and a visual representation of the distribution of responses to each of the evaluative questions.

2017 Survey Summary

I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Senate Update

June 29, 2017

Dear Senate Colleagues,

I'm sharing the system-wide Academic Council's concerns about the State Assembly Budget bill that proposes direct allocation of state funds to UCOP and withholds funding from the University. Also, i expect to post the summaries of the 2016/2017 Cluster Hiring Survey and the Survey of 2013-2016 UCR Faculty Hires in the coming weeks.

Have a safe summer.


Welcoming Interim PEVC Cindy Larive

February 22, 2017

Dear faculty colleagues,

I am writing on behalf of the Senate Executive Council to welcome Interim Provost/EVC Cindy Larive. Her record as a UCR faculty member, nationally recognized scholar, department chair, Divisional Dean, and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education reflects a quality of leadership that is widely respected across the UCR campus, and across the UC system.

The Senate, in consultation with its Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction, is cancelling the previously announced Special Meeting on the topic of a Vote of No Confidence in Provost/EVC Paul D’Anieri.

I extend special thanks to our colleagues who have served on the Senate Special Committee, which has been working overtime in recent weeks to fulfill its responsibilities. The Special Committee is executing its charge in the most constructive way possible, with rigorous consideration of the feedback provided by Senate faculty on the present and future of the UCR campus. In the absence of the Special Meeting, the Special Committee will offer a document that reflects careful consideration of the collective challenges we must engage in our efforts to move forward under the principles of Shared Governance.

On behalf of the Senate, i thank all of you for continually showing your deep commitment to our students, our scholarly mission, and our role in this public research university.

Dylan Rodríguez
Professor of Ethnic Studies & Chair of the Riverside Division

Riverside Division Meetings

The following meetings will be held at 2:10pm in Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A:
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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