On behalf of the staff and administration of Warren College, I write to reaffirm our College's broad and staunch commitment to diversity and the UCSD Principles of Community. We pledge to work with all constituents of our community to ensure that Warren College and UCSD are diverse, safe, welcoming, and stimulating environments for study, research, and discourse.
Diversity is implicit in our mission and in our name. Chief Justice Earl Warren was a leading advocate for civil rights and equality, as was evidenced most forcefully in his long and ultimately successful efforts in the U.S. Supreme Court to ban segregation from public schools. Warren observed, "We are now at the point where we must decide whether we are to honor the concept of a plural society which gains strength through diversity, or whether we are to have bitter fragmentation that will result in perpetual tension and strife."
Our namesake's commitment informs our academic mission. We require all entering freshmen to complete a U.S. cultural diversity requirement, which can be fulfilled from a range of classes, including many offerings from African American Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies and other departments and programs. Our required core courses in Ethics and Society approach diversity topics from a variety of perspectives. And our balanced general education requirements demand that students study a range of courses outside their own focused major.
We pledge to listen to all members of our community and to respond with respect, heart, and wisdom as we work together to promote the kind of institution that can be a true home to all of us.
Provost of Earl Warren College
Professor of Theatre