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Assembly Committee on Campus Climate Holds First Hearing at San Jose State University

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, has announced that the committee will hold its first informational hearing on Friday, March 21st, from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, at San Jose State University’s Morris Daily Auditorium, One Washington Square in San Jose. Students and the public are invited to attend.

The Select Committee on Campus Climate was formed to explore issues of diversity, tolerance and student safety at the state’s college campuses after a series of bias-motivated incidents in recent years, including a serious incident at San Jose State last fall involving an assault on an African-American. This is the first of four hearings to be held throughout the state over the next few months.

“Our mission is to ensure that the state’s college campuses are safe and welcoming environments for all students,” said Weber, a former faculty member and department chair at San Diego State University. “In addition to receiving updates on campus efforts to address bias incidents and hate crimes, we have invited students and diversity experts to provide their perspective on the climate for students of diverse backgrounds in the state’s community college, California State University and University of California systems.”

“A college campus should be a place where students feel embraced for their differences, not where they fear that the color of their skin will mark them as a target,” said committee member Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose). ”I look forward to taking bold steps in the first hearing of the Select Committee on Campus Climate.”

The bipartisan committee also includes Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Nora Campos, Susan Eggman, Paul Fong, Isadore Hall, Brian Maienschein, Kristin Olsen, Jim Patterson, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Phil Ting, Scott Wilk and Das Williams.

“We are especially eager to hear about successful initiatives to prevent these types of incidents and provide support for victims,” Weber said. “The committee will formulate policy recommendations based our findings and present them to the Legislature later this year.”

For more information, contact Assemblymember Weber’s Capitol Office at (916) 319–2079.

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