About the Collective
We are a collective of students, staff, faculty from across the University of California system pushing for caste abolition in, and beyond, the UC system. As scholars, activists, and community organizers, we have been organizing for years across different campuses pushing the UC system to address caste and caste discrimination. More recently, we shifted our focus to advocate for the addition of caste given the system-wide anti-discrimination policy revision that is underway. However, despite our years of advocacy, caste was still not included in the revised draft.
With the UC system continuously falling short on its commitment to caste oppressed students, staff, and faculty, we have now formalized as a Collective to fill in the gaps in designing an anti-caste infrastructure. Through building system-wide, state-wide, national, and international coalitions, we remain committed to using both education and advocacy to mobilize together towards caste abolition.
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News and Events
University of California Caste Abolitionist Timeline
April 24, 2023
The UC Collective for Caste Abolition is officially formalized and launches programming in collaboration with departments and centers from across the UC system.
January 4, 2022
UC San Diego’s Critical Gender Studies Program withdraws their statement after backlash and debate between mostly Dalit, Muslim, Indigenous, and racialized women and non-binary untenured scholars on one side defending against mostly white and dominant caste tenured scholars fighting for the statement’s removal. Shortly after, Dr. Shaista Aziz Patel and Dr. Wendy Matsumura resign from the Critical Gender Studies Executive Committee.