Statement on the Principles of Community
1) We celebrate the diversity of our community. It is what makes us strong and vibrant.
2) All are welcome—no exceptions. This means YOU. We value YOU and YOUR CONTRIBUTION to our community. Period.
3) We unconditionally condemn discriminatory behavior in any form—Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, or any form of prejudice in any context, and we will not tolerate it in our Department.
4) We pledge to protect the safety and well-being of our community to the best of our ability.
If you experience or observe a discriminatory/hate act, please report it by calling
UCPD at (510) 642-6760 or on line at stophate.berkeley.edu, or contact the Office for
the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.
Note from the MELC Chair and the Equity Advisor
The beginning of the academic year creates a good opportunity to remind our Middle Eastern Studies community about the importance of inclusion. The Department wants to ensure that if ever any issues arise regarding the climate of equity and inclusion in our classes or in the Department, you feel encouraged to contact the department's Equity Advisor, Professor Rita Lucarelli (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students are also welcome to share their concerns with the Department Chair, Professor Francesca Rochberg, (email@example.com).
We urge students to
address their concerns immediately, without fear of reprisal.