Statements & news

July 8, 2016

June 30, 2016

Washington Post

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that starting today, transgender people will now be allowed to openly serve in the armed forces. "Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly. Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” Carter said. That means trans troops can no longer be discharged from the military.

June 28, 2016

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision blocking President Obama's plan to allow some illegal residents to work legally in the United States. The program would have protected up to five million undocumented workers from being deported and allow them to work. The vote was tied 4-to-4, leaving in place an appeals court ruling that blocked the plan.

UC Berkeley's Undocumented Students Program got in touch with their immigration attorney to answer some questions about whether this decision affects your status or plans you have to travel. Here is the information:

December 14, 2015

As members of an academic community, united in its commitment to the public good, we feel a unique responsibility to confront prejudice, hatred, and bias. Whether we are confronting anti-Islamic words and deeds; racism; or hostility and discrimination based on religion, gender, or sexual orientation—these are all antithetical to what we stand for both personally and as members of Berkeley’s leadership team.

November 23, 2015

Over the weekend, the University became aware of a group on Facebook identifying itself as the White Student Union at UC Berkeley. The page is clearly intended to fuel conflict and provocation rather than to foster a serious and constructive dialogue among students about issues of race. This does not reflect the values of our campus community. We thank all of the students and community members who reached out to us and shared their voices in solidarity.

September 4, 2015

The historic match up of the Cal Bears against the Grambling State Tigers is being celebrated by a week long series of events and community outreach that will advocate for educational equity and achievement with in the African American Community. The events are sponsored by the UC Berkeley Black Alumni Club, African American Student Development, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Cal Athletics & the Office of the Chancellor.