Chancellor's statement on attacks at U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021
Kim A. Wilcox
January 7, 2021

Yesterday, as the attacks on the U.S. Capitol unfolded, I issued a statement condemning the grotesque assault on our nation’s values. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to further reflect on the disparities exposed by yesterday’s events. Images show how little protection was in place at the Capitol, in comparison to the forces present during Black Lives Matter protests, to stop violent insurrectionists attempting to disrupt our democracy.

UC President Michael Drake has also shared the following statement:

“The orderly transfer of power has been a hallmark of our American democracy for more than two centuries. The shocking display of lawless violence in the nation’s capital on January 6 was an horrific, and ultimately tragic, affront to our national dignity. The University of California cherishes the free speech right of the people ‘peaceably to assemble’ to share their grievances. But that is not what occurred in Washington, D.C., yesterday. We must stand together - regardless of political party or point of view - to uphold, protect and defend our bedrock values.”

And so, we press on. My upset is matched with faith and resolve—faith in an institution that certified a fair election against physical threat, faith in a choir of voices across the political spectrum rising together to fight back—resolve to further our mission at UC Riverside to seek and share knowledge and truth, resolve to continue fighting for equality.

Processing what occurred yesterday is challenging. If you need support, we have resources available to help you.

Students who need professional and confidential mental health support, contact UCR’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 951-827-5531. CAPS offers free services to all UC Riverside students. 

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Staff and faculty can contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for confidential counseling, referral, or other resources.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion remain a core value of our university. We may engage in rigorous debate. We may at times find ourselves ideologically opposed with other community members. But respect for one another and unity provide a powerful antidote against division. Please continue to uphold our community and values as we actively work toward brighter days.