Wednesday 1 April 2020
BIRST is a University-wide team that receives information about bias incidents from individuals who have been a target of, or witnessed, an act of bias.
The role of the BIRST Team is to provide an opportunity for community members to have their voices heard, to facilitate anti-bias education, to mitigate or prevent similar occurrences in the future, advocate for a more inclusive and affirming campus, and to raise issues to appropriate campus entities.
Response from BIRST does not mean a resolution to an individual situation. Rather, the response takes the form of campus-wide actions designed to mitigate and/or prevent bias actions, which relate to the campus climate.
The University of California, Merced strives to promote safe, affirming and inclusive communities for all students, faculty and staff to learn, work and research together in alignment with the principles of community. Our community is enriched by the presence of people of different abilities, ages, ancestry, citizenship, cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions, health statuses, marital status, medical conditions, national origins, nationalities, races, religions, spiritualities, sexual identities, socioeconomic statuses, and veteran status. BIRST welcomes and encourages the continued pursuit of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to build a more inclusive community and reflects our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures lifelong learning and growth for all of its members.
NOTE: BIRST members are mandated reporters. Reports can be anonymous but may not be kept confidential if the situation involves a mandated report such as danger to self or others, illegal discrimination or harassment or involve a minor
Any incident that is believed to violate University policy or that may constitute a crime should be reported to the appropriate University official. Informal conflict resolution services are available to assist in addressing concerns arising out of bias incidents.