Monday, April 6

USAC to decide its stance on UC president appointment

The undergraduate student government plans to vote at its Tuesday meeting on whether it should express no confidence in Janet Napolitano’s current ability to serve University of California students as UC president.

A resolution about Napolitano, which was drafted by multiple members of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, calls for the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Arizona governor to comply with a list of demands compiled by undocumented students across the UC campuses.

According to the resolution, students demand that Napolitano hold town halls and meet with undocumented students when she visits UC campuses, have mandatory annual trainings for UCPD to educate them on the rights of undocumented students, promote the employment of undocumented students, and ensure that general educational courses on the experiences of undocumented students are available on all UC campuses, among other requests.

In mid-July, UC officials appointed former Napolitano to be the next UC president – a decision that prompted pushback from students concerned about her past with immigration reform.

During Napolitano’s tenure as secretary of Homeland Security, a record number of individuals were deported from the U.S. Napolitano has advocated for immigration reform in the past, however.

At recent USAC meetings, the council discussed the stance it wants to take on Napolitano’s appointment, but council members did not reach a clear decision.

UCLA students will be able to comment on the resolution on the USAC website.

Compiled by Amanda Schallert, Bruin senior staff.

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