Posted on September 2, 2022

After Attempting Racially Segregated Welcome Week Events, UC San Diego Edits Event Page to Include Students of All Races

William Biagini, Campus Reform, August 31, 2022

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is backpedaling on their earlier plan to host fall orientation programs that exclude White people.

On Aug. 9, Campus Reform reported that UCSD was excluding White families from participating in freshman Welcome Week programs.

The events included a “Black, Latinx, and Native American Family Orientation” as well as a “Black Surf Week.”

After UCSD announced the discriminatory orientation events earlier in the summer, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) sent an Aug. 2 letter to the university suggesting that such practices were both wrong and avoidable.

The letter states that “Title VI of the of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which effectuates the Equal Protection Clause, forbids institutions receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating ‘on the ground of race, color, or national origin.'”


UCSD responded to FIRE’s letter on Aug. 12, not only confirming receipt of FIRE’s letter, but also notifying FIRE of recent changes made to the university events webpage.


“No UC San Diego student will be excluded from the Black, Latinx and Native American Family Orientation program, or any other university-sponsored event, on the basis of their race,” it continued.