Actually, battleships can turn around but it depends on the captain giving the order

We've all heard the expression about how hard it is to turn a battleship around.  Giant ships moving forward have momentum to keep going in a straight line.  But they can be turned around.Yesterday we posted about the Judge Cunningham case.  It is symptomatic of a larger problem in Murphy Hall.  What should have occurred … Continue reading Actually, battleships can turn around but it depends on the captain giving the order

Advice to Whoever is Appointed Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Buckle Up!

You may have gotten today's email from Chancellor Block:  [excerpts]Today I am announcing a significant step in our efforts to respond to incidents of bias and discrimination on our campus and to build an environment of inclusion and tolerance: the creation of the new position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The new … Continue reading Advice to Whoever is Appointed Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Buckle Up!

Unsolicited Follow-Up for Our Unsolicited Traffic Stop Advice

Devoted blog readers will recall our unsolicited advice of last Wednesday to the folks in Murphy Hall.  We suggested that they spend their Thanksgiving weekend trying to figure out what happened when a UCLA police car stopped a motorist in Westwood for driving without a seatbelt buckled.  According to the Huffington Post, African-American Judge Superior … Continue reading Unsolicited Follow-Up for Our Unsolicited Traffic Stop Advice

Climate Delayed

Remember the campus climate survey taken last winter.  There were concerns expressed at UCLA about the length of the survey and what biases might be introduced.  The survey seemed to be the result of Regents' concerns stemming from racial/ethnic incidents at various campuses. In any event, the Daily Bruin is reporting that the results, which were … Continue reading Climate Delayed

What Ever Happened to the Campus Climate Survey?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed published the chart above back in January based on national freshmen reports about the neighborhoods from which they came. [http://chronicle.com/article/BackgroundsBeliefs-of/136771] The data were gathered by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).  [Click on the chart to enlarge and clarify.]  It was around that time that UCOP sponsored a "campus climate" … Continue reading What Ever Happened to the Campus Climate Survey?

Another Campus Climate Incident Reported

The story above can be found in more detail athttp://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/04/26/uc-irvine-fraternity-issues-apology-after-blackface-video-sparks-outrage/.  So far, yours truly found no official response on the UC-Irvine website. Blog readers may recall a somewhat-related video that became known as "Asians in the Library" at UCLA and which sparked an official reaction from Chancellor Block. Possibly, this matter will be discussed at … Continue reading Another Campus Climate Incident Reported

Campus Climate Survey Promotional Materials

Blog readers will know that a UC-wide campus climate survey was developed after various incidents on the campuses.  There has been concern that because of the length of the survey instrument, participation would be low and mainly confined to those with concerns.  According to the promotional materials for department chairs and similar administrators - see … Continue reading Campus Climate Survey Promotional Materials

Campus Climate Survey is Coming

Some readers may remember that after a series of incidents aimed at minority students on various campuses, including UCLA, the UC president was pressed by the Regents to "do something." (Some readers will recall the "Asians in the library" incident at UCLA.)  What emerged was an elaborate all-campus survey of "campus climate."In late December and … Continue reading Campus Climate Survey is Coming

Hot Potato for Yudof

UC report on anti-Semitism draws ireNanette Asimov, August 9, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle(excerpts)Katherine Orr had just started her freshman year at UC Berkeley last August when she was stunned to see five students in military fatigues carrying what looked like rifles and stopping students at Sather Gate. "They were asking people, 'Are you Jewish?' They … Continue reading Hot Potato for Yudof

Chancellor at Staff Town Hall on Hotel, Climate Survey, Pensions, Donor-Community Relations

Chancellor Block, Vice Chancellor Steve Olson, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Human Resources Lubbe Levin participated in a staff Town Hall on April 4. The session was videoed but the video works poorly and the commercial service utilized includes ads.  Below is a link to the audio of the session which works much better. … Continue reading Chancellor at Staff Town Hall on Hotel, Climate Survey, Pensions, Donor-Community Relations