Campus leadership statement on Indigenous identity affiliation

September 17, 2021
Office of the Chancellor
September 17, 2021

The University of California, Riverside values its commitments to local Indigenous tribal communities and investment in Native American and Indigenous scholarship and studies globally. It is out of this deep respect and wish to continue serving Native peoples and advocating for decolonial institutional change that campus leaders insist upon transparency and integrity in matters of Indigenous affiliation and identity by all members of our intellectual community, including and especially those responsible for professional and ethical knowledge production and dissemination.


Indigenous affiliation or self-identification is not an act that can be asserted in isolation. We believe that the determination of Indigenous and Tribal membership – even with all its complexity and fraught political history – must rest with Indigenous communities themselves to affirm tribal sovereignty and the right of Native self-determination. 


UCR will continue ongoing conversations with campus Native scholars and others committed to transformative institutional practice to identify and implement improved policies and procedures, ensuring more rigorous attention to Indigenous commitments in our recruitment, retention, and admissions practices.   


Kim Wilcox, Chancellor

Elizabeth Watkins, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Jason Stajich, Academic Senate Chair

Deborah Deas, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Mark and Pam Rubin Dean, School of Medicine

Anil Deolalikar, Dean, School of Public Policy

Christopher Lynch, Dean, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

Louie Rodriguez, Interim Dean, School of Education

Kathryn Uhrich, Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Yunzeng Wang, Dean, School of Business

Daryle Williams, Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences