I have heard from many members of our community – students, staff, and faculty alike – who are understandably dismayed by the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. I write to acknowledge the individual and community impacts that will result from this decision. Even though abortion remains legal in the State of California, many are concerned for the wellbeing of communities in other states and communities of color who have been especially negatively impacted by inequitable access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion. Still others are concerned about the immediate loss of access to reproductive healthcare for people who become pregnant, but also further threats to their bodily autonomy. In terms of local care in California, options remain the same, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision. I am including campus resources for support and healthcare, as well as a copy of the California Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom for your reference.
Below are some ways you can engage in our campus community – whether to learn more or to seek support about any concerns you might have. As members of an academic community we have unique opportunities to engage in current events through teaching, learning, research, and our personal actions. As with any current events of interest to you, I encourage you to take full advantage of our university community:
- Take courses that provide deeper insight into issues, and engage with faculty to learn more about the issues and their impacts.
- Pursue research opportunities that allow you to closely examine issues in order to better understand their origins and possible future directions.
- Get involved with student and community organizations that mobilize people to act.
A Reproductive Freedom Solidarity and Support Space
Hosted by the Women's Center and Health & Wellness
Monday, June 27, 1 - 3 p.m., 1220 SRB
Gather in our Lounge for discussion and creative expression or come to our Community Room to find a quiet space for contemplation.
Additional campus programs are being developed now in the face of this late-breaking news. You can find program announcements for upcoming programming in a variety of places, including: