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Diverse Issues In Higher Education, Sept. 30, 2020
Say their names, but not the N-word
Dr. Douglas M. Haynes, UCI Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion writes, “The current reckoning about anti-Blackness in the United States is exposing the limits of solidarity. Millions of White and non-white people have marched and expressed support for Black Lives by saying the names of men and women brutally killed or shot in police custody. This powerful act of solidarity humanizes these victims while bearing witness to systemic racism. At the same time, faculty in some of our nation’s colleges and universities continue to defend the right to utter the N-word as part of their educational practice. This counterintuitive notion is not just tone-deaf to the national reckoning but harms the institutional culture, devalues the presence of Black faculty, staff and students, and compromises the moral credibility of the professoriate.”

EdSource, Oct. 2, 2020
As University of California campuses reopen, UC San Diego deploys aggressive strategy to contain Covid-19
UC Irvine and UC Davis are also welcoming back thousands of students to their campuses and have their own plans that include frequent Covid-19 testing of all students. … About 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students are living on campus at UC Irvine this fall — down from about 14,000 total students in a normal quarter. … UC Irvine is testing students once a week.

MarketWatch, Oct. 2, 2020
Here’s how Trump’s positive coronavirus test has shaken up the campaign – plus what could happen next
The election is 32 days away. Could it be postponed? Congress could pass a bill delaying the election. Election law expert Rick Hasen said in a blog post that he finds it hard to believe that U.S. lawmakers would do that. What happens for the election if the president is incapacitated or dies? What’s most likely is that the election would take place on time with a deceased or incapacitated candidate’s name on the ballot, wrote Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine. “Then there would be a question [as to whether] legislatures would allow presidential electors of each state to vote for someone other than the deceased candidate,” he said.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 1, 2020
UC Irvine partners with O.C. businesses to develop safe reopening protocols
UC Irvine is providing consulting services to private businesses to develop rules and procedures to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19 as the economy starts to open up. “As the only program in public health in Orange County, we have an obligation to assist our community,” UCI professor Karen Edwards said in a press release. “I think there’s a gap in this area for us to step up and offer these types of services. This has the potential to have a major positive impact.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of OC, Oct. 2, 2020
Live performance may be on pause, but arts students continue their studies with hope
“What we’ve wanted to do technologically over the next few years, is forced on us by COVID-19 to do it now,” said Stephen Barker, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. “So we’re using all of our resources to think through ways to make what we were going to be doing over the long term, work for us in the very short term.” … “This time that none of us chose is an opportunity to explore our most innovative and creative ideas. Our vision for the school for the years I have been dean is ‘Reimagining creativity for the 21st century’ and it’s got new meaning right now.”

Previously “In the News”