Revelle College Council: No Disrespect Intended

    Dear Editor,

    The members of Revelle College Council would like to extend
    our sincerest apologies to the UCSD and Asian Pacific-Islander communities.
    With our approval of this year’s semiformal budget, we did not intend to
    disrespect, hurt or offend anyone. In light of this, our council appreciates
    that members of the API community joined us at our fifth-week council meeting,
    and we now realize the impact this theme has caused and appreciate the valid
    opinions and concerns that were brought before the council. Prior to this
    important discussion, the council was unaware that the event’s theme would
    upset and affect the entire campus, and perpetuate such negative stereotypes
    and historical biases.

    Our council hopes that this is a first step toward increased
    interaction among campus leaders. It would be great to have everyone at
    UCSD to work together to strengthen
    communication across campus. We know that there are students and leaders of
    UCSD who may be unaware of issues like these, but this is not an excuse to let
    them go unnoticed.

    To the members of the API community, we thank you for
    volunteering to work with the Revelle Semiformal Committee to create an event
    that is appropriate and celebratory for all communities and for assisting us
    with a new event theme. Currently, our council plans to explore educational
    workshops with the help of A.S. Diversity Affairs. Also, we would like to host
    a case-study dialogue within our Revelle community for those who have been most
    closely involved and impacted by this issue with the goal of preventing such
    issues in the future.

    We will be in contact with Student Affirmative Action
    Committee organizations to find out about meeting times and events that we may
    attend to learn more as fellow students and leaders. And we look forward to
    continuing the dialogue that has begun.

    Again, our deepest and sincerest apologies.

    Revelle College

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