“The response to our plan to preserve ISSI’s programs, while disbanding the institute itself, made clear that there has been insufficient prior consultation with faculty and other stakeholders”
The left often get their way because they’re really good at complaining loudly. This is an excellent example of that.
Campus Reform reports:
Berkeley backtracks on closing social justice center amid leftist backlash
The University of California-Berkeley backtracked on plans to shut down its social justice center amid backlash from students, faculty, and alumni.
The school’s administration initially planned to close the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and merge its programs with other departments. However, the ISSI managed to collect more than 1,300 signatures on a petition to save the department.
Among other demands, signatories asked that the university commit to supporting ISSI for five more years; maintain the current funding of $350,000 per year; and provide an additional $150,000 per year in graduate stipends.
In January, the university suspended its plans to shutter the program.
UC-Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof provided Campus Reform with the university’s decision.
“The response to our plan to preserve ISSI’s programs, while disbanding the institute itself, made clear that there has been insufficient prior consultation with faculty and other stakeholders,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Linda Rugg and Vice Chancellor for Research Randy Katz said in a statement.
“Furthermore, our plan’s impact on the broader campus intellectual support for social justice research was inadequately addressed. We will now pause to allow for broader engagement and consultation, not just on ISSI’s future, but also about how we can, together, more fully support scholarship and research related to this critical societal challenge.”
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