UCLA Mathematics supports #ShutDownSTEM initiative in solidarity for racial justice and equity

The UCLA Mathematics Department will join other departments in the Division of Physical Sciences in supporting #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia, an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives. The initiative calls to stop research activities on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to promote racial justice and equity in academia and our society at large.* The Department will support this action by encouraging students and faculty to engage in constructive activities for promoting racial equity. 

In an announcement to the department, Chair Mario Bonk, along with other departmental leaders, sent out the following statement in solidarity with the initiative: Recent events have emphasized the systemic inequalities within our society. We acknowledge and condemn acts of violence perpetrated on Black Americans and on those lawfully protesting their treatment. We are anguished and driven to take action.

To learn more about #ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM, visit their website here: https://www.shutdownstem.com/about

*Final exams will proceed as planned. Students and faculty involved may consider honoring the initiative the following Wednesday. 

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