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UCSD teach-in to focus on issues of racism, bigotry

SAN DIEGO – The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) will be sponsoring a teach-in for students, staff and faculty on Feb. 24 to explore incidents of racism and bigotry and to discuss the importance of mutual respect and civility on the campus.

Wednesday’s programming comes on the heels of an inflammatory invitation that was sent by some UCSD students regarding an off-campus student party mocking the commemoration of Black History Month over the President’s Day weekend.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commends Mary Anne Fox, chancellor of UCSD, for rapidly addressing the issue.

The ADL is urging all community members to follow UCSD’s lead by taking time on Wednesday to reflect on the impact of bigotry and racism on our society and stand against hate.

ADL strongly condemns the negative stereotypes, themes and bigoted language that were used to demean African-Americans. In a letter to Fox applauding her swift response, ADL said, “We hope this is an isolated incident and the students understand that this behavior is inappropriate and unacceptable.”

About the ADL
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

ADL is one of the largest providers of anti-bias education programs starting in preschool and continuing through high school, college and the workplace. These programs help students recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society; explore the value of diversity; improve intergroup relations; and combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.