UC-Santa Cruz to Spend $500K to Fight ‘Hate’

2024-03-08 07:00:23

As we have seen at other schools, they’re lumping antisemitism in with Islamophobia.

UC Santa Cruz gets $500,000 to combat ‘hate’

University of California Santa Cruz will spend at least $500,000 to combat “hate.”

The money comes from a $7 million pool established by the University of California system.

Phase one funded “culturally congruent support services for students and synchronous and asynchronous training for faculty and staff on Islamophobia, antisemitism and other forms of hate.”

Phase two spending proposals are set to be decided in March, in preparation for the spring quarter and 2024-25 school year. The money will be allocated in the second phase to “mental health and trauma support,” “educational programming” and “leadership training for students, faculty and staff,” according to a university announcement.

Abby Butler, a spokesperson for the university, did not respond to two emailed requests for comment sent in the past three weeks that asked for further information on the program. The College Fix asked what free speech protections would be included in the hate training.

The UC system media team also did not respond to two emailed requests for comment in the past two weeks.

The Fix asked for information on how the rest of the $7 million would be spent and about free speech protections. The Fix contacted Ryan King and the general media team email addresses for comment.

Several free speech experts said universities must be cautious when addressing “hate” and other issues.

UC Santa Cruz needs to be careful to not “try to punish mere expressions of what they see as ‘Islamophobia’ or ‘antisemitism,’” University of California Los Angeles Professor Eugene Volokh told The Fix via email.

The Hoover Institution fellow said, “expression of those views, like of other views, is generally protected exercise of free speech and academic freedom.”

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