UC Riverside Academic Senate


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Senate Campus Town hall

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November 8, 2016

Dear Senate Faculty colleagues:

Since becoming Academic Senate Division Chair, i have had the opportunity to speak with dozens of colleagues across colleges and departments in the context of one-on-one meetings, multiple campus events, and ongoing visits to departmental faculty meetings.

It has become clear that many across campus share similar concerns about the present state and future direction of UCR. I am thus writing to invite all Academic Senate faculty members to a Senate-hosted Campus Town Hall on Tuesday, November 29, 9-11 a.m. in Genomics 1102A. I encourage those of you who have articulated your concerns to me and others to attend this town hall, and to speak openly and honestly among your colleagues during this time.

I hope and expect that the Town Hall will facilitate the development of a larger conversation about how to move forward in a creative, productive, and collective manner that concretely improves the conditions and faculty morale at our vital public institution.

In my view, this is the greatest privilege and power of the Academic Senate—its capacity to create a setting in which faculty can share and act together, in the best interests of our students, colleagues, and in carrying out our larger responsibilities to fulfill UC Riverside’s research, teaching, and service mission.

I’ll see you soon.

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

2016 Presidential Election

November 14, 2016

Chair's Statement on the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election

A national political and cultural discourse has emerged that enables and effectively sanctions everyday forms of gender, sexual, racial, and religious harassment, aggression, and violence. The denigration of disabled people and criminalization of undocumented people is increasingly commonplace. Widespread resistance to police violence against Black people and communities has been met with equally widespread reaction. Students currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may be under immediate threat. In this time, it becomes ever more imperative for UCR faculty members—and teachers everywhere—to stand with students, colleagues, staff, and community members who are rendered pervasively vulnerable in such a climate. As importantly, the responsibilities of protecting the right to free speech, affirming the ethic of collective protest, and engaging in political dissent become a privileged burden for those holding university faculty positions.

While i do not intend this message to represent the official view of the UC Riverside Academic Senate, i write with the hope that my colleagues will strive to embrace a spirit of leadership and courage in these historically difficult times.


Dylan Rodríguez
Chair of the Academic Senate
Professor of Ethnic Studies
UC Riverside

Riverside Division Meetings

The following meetings will be held at 2:10pm in Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A:
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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