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President Yudof pledges to combat campus intolerance

President Mark Yudof and UC Regents Chairman Russell Gould met face-to-face Monday with students concerned about recent incidents of intolerance at University of California campuses and pledged to focus attention systemwide on strategies to prevent such acts in the future.

“These are the worst incidents of racism I have seen on campuses in 20 years,” Yudof told about 100 students who were staging a sit-in on the sidewalk in front of the UC Center Sacramento building on K Street. “I understand that students don’t feel safe, they don’t feel comfortable on their campuses.”

Student and UC leaders were meeting at the center before setting out Monday for joint visits with legislators and Gov. Schwarzenegger to ask for budget support for the university and for Cal Grants, a financial aid program for low-income students. About 400 students had attended the annual UC Student Association leadership conference in Sacramento over the weekend, and some 200-300 students took part Monday in a rally and march at the Capitol.

Read more about the president’s meeting with students at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/22934


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