"Since the ISSI closing was announced in June, the move has been widely criticized by students, alumni, community members and faculty.
'ISSI is a critical part of the legacy of anti-racist research and practice on campus,' said Dr. Denise Herd, associate professor of public health at UC Berkeley.
'The campus is being called upon to make meaningful and bold statements to become an anti-racist institution,” said Dr. Denise Herd, associate professor of public health at UC Berkeley. “ISSI is a critical part of the legacy of anti-racist research and practice on campus, and to close it down now sends the wrong message.” More than 25 chairs and directors of other institutes on campus are among those speaking in support of keeping the institute, citing the potential harm the shutdown will cause many students, and specifically Black students. Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, chair of the Center for Right-Wing Studies, said the ISSI closing is 'indicative of a larger pattern of universities on one hand rushing to form committees and issue statements in support of Black Lives Matter, while in this case, on the other hand, actually taking action that diminishes campus resources dedicated to racial justice.'"
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