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Connection, thriving, historical past: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month 2022

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The next message was despatched to UC Berkeley college students, workers and school on Thursday:

In the present day marks the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month at UC Berkeley and throughout the nation. This month we honor the various intersectional Latinx comunidades which have outlined our nation, our state and our campus.

At UC Berkeley, our Latinx neighborhood has many moments of connection, thriving and historical past for us to collectively have fun.

A brand new house for Latinx thriving

We’re happy to have fun the opening of our campus’ first Latinx Neighborhood Heart on Wednesday, September 28 from 4-6 p.m. This bodily house within the Hearst Health club can be a spot the place Latinx undergraduates, graduate college students, workers and school can discover a neighborhood that shares comparable experiences, identities and languages.

The middle is hosted by the Chicanx/Latinx Scholar Improvement Workplace, which this yr welcomed Gladys Perez as its first assistant director. College students will co-create programming that will increase a way of belonging and the power to thrive on campus.

This middle has its roots throughout many generations of engaged Latinx college students. We all know multitudes of scholars, together with these in current graduating lessons, labored intently with workers and the administration to examine and create this house. Campus management is grateful for the collective effort and partnership. We additionally acknowledge the lengthy marketing campaign for entry and visibility for the Latinx neighborhood at UC Berkeley, which started within the Nineteen Sixties. We’ll help that persevering with work for a few years to return.

Later this month, the event workplace and the Chicanx Latinx Alumni Affiliation will host an opening bash honoring that legacy. It can characteristic 5 days of occasions; greater than 1,000 alumni are anticipated to attend.

Progress within the Latinx Thriving Establishment Initiative

As you learn yesterday, we’ve got progress to report in our work to make UC Berkeley a Latinx-Thriving Establishment by 2027, a high precedence of the campus since Chancellor Christ charged us all with the objective in Could 2019.

To satisfy the federally-recognized Hispanic Serving Establishment (HSI) designation, which on our campus is described as changing into a Latinx Thriving Establishment (LTI), at the least 25% of the enrolled undergraduate college students can be Chicanx/Latinx. As of Spring 2022, Chicanx/Latinx undergraduate college students represented 19% of the scholar physique, a report excessive for the campus. You possibly can study extra in regards to the initiative by watching the spring 2022 city corridor. The subsequent city corridor occasion is deliberate for Wednesday, October 19; you’ll be able to RSVP immediately.

Making UC Berkeley a spot the place each Latinx scholar — certainly, each scholar — thrives is greater than city halls, numbers, or information. It’s about constructing neighborhood and belonging throughout the campus — in convention rooms, round eating corridor tables, throughout workplace hours or at lab benches.

We need to have fun the management and dedication of the workers, college students and school who’re creating this neighborhood of belonging. A brand new “Latinx and Democracy” cluster of school is becoming a member of Berkeley. Employees teams like Alianza proceed to assist staff thrive. Many scholar organizations, just like the Raíces Recruitment and Retention Heart and the Graduate Affiliation of Latinx College students, welcome and help Latinx college students on campus. And this yr, Berkeley will even sponsor 5 college students to attend the annual Hispanic Affiliation of Faculties and Universities convention (HACU) in October, the place Vice Chancellor of Fairness and Inclusion Dania Matos and Affiliate Vice Chancellor and Interim Chief of Employees Fabrizio Mejia can be presenting to the HACU management academy fellows.

And whereas we’re happy with the progress UC Berkeley has made within the final yr, we acknowledge that we nonetheless have a protracted strategy to go earlier than our campus, within the phrases of Chancellor Christ, is a spot the place “all college students have equal entry to Berkeley’s extraordinary alternatives.” Our work — your work, our collective work — continues.

We invite you to learn, hear, study and mirror this month by visiting the Fairness & Inclusion Latinx Heritage Month web page, which options, occasions, information, profiles and different assets to have fun the month.

En comunidad,

Dania Matos (she/her/ella)
Vice Chancellor for Fairness & Inclusion

Stephen C. Sutton (he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Scholar Affairs

Lisa García Bedolla (she/her/ella)
Vice Provost for Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate Division

Victoria Plaut (she/her/ella)
Vice Provost for the College

Oliver O’Reilly (he/him/his)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Schooling
Latinx Thriving Initiative Steering Committee Member

Eugene Whitlock (he/him/his)
Chief Folks and Tradition Officer

Lupe Gallegos-Diaz (she/her/ella)
Director, Chicanx Latinx Tutorial Scholar Improvement Heart
Facilities for Instructional Justice & Neighborhood Engagement

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