OUR PRINCIPLES

Our Principles
March 2nd, 2011

We, concerned Students of UCSC, are organized here around Three guiding Principles: Democracy, Representation, Accountability.

From these Principles we insist on the following recommendations that the University must implement to remain a body of Excellence, Education, and Accessibility.

For Immediate Implementation we Demand:

-Expansion of the Ethnic Resource Center beyond its current space
-Immediate Release of the Budget, no delayed release.
-NO further cuts to any Academic Divisions
-NO further cuts to the Library or other Instructional Services
-NO further cuts to worker wages & benefits. NO poverty wages at UCSC.
-The re-opening of daycare facilities for students, staff, faculty, and administration
-32% cut to administrative services, salaries, and positions
-NO disciplinary actions imposed on student activists
-NO reactionary police response towards any student demonstrations

We also demand further dialogue for the realization of:

-The creation of an Ethnic Studies Department & Major, a promise denied since 1981
-A Participatory Budgeting Process, where students, faculty, and workers contribute to the budgeting process
-Increased & Non-Competitive funding for Ethnic Resource Centers
-Lower rent and renovations for Family Student Housing
-Lower rent at all on-campus housing
-Increasing the Faculty to Admin ratio which currently stands at 1:1. Reduce administrative positions at UCSC.
-Rejecting the 2012 Admission Policy that has been demonstrated to adversely affect the representation of students of color on this campus.
-Redirecting funds already within the administrative budget towards TAPS, the Library, and Instructional Services
-Disarming of UC Police on campus while on duty
-The removal of surveillance cameras from all instructional facilities
-Respecting student privacy by following the recommendations to end police surveillance of student activities

We hope you will join us in exercising our Right to Education.

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About UCSC Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

This blog is maintained by students throughout UCSC. We recognize that students have been working around Ethnic Studies for multiple decades and at many levels of the university. We claim no ownership over any movement or material that is produced. We ask that any materiel used from the blog is cited and used for only educational purposes. Most importantly that it is done with honor and respect for the many people who worked in the struggle for Ethnic Studies. We would also like to point out that the name Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) was created to acknowledge the intellectual development of Ethnic Studies since the beginning of this struggle. The name came from countless meetings and hours with many different undergrads, graduate students, and faculty.
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