Black Lives Matter

UCSB Education Abroad Program Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Education Abroad Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara stands in solidarity with all those calling for racial justice and police reform in the United States and in foreign lands. We mourn the racially-motivated deaths of all Black men and women, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Tony McDade, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones.  Black lives matter.

We pledge to support UCSB efforts to combat anti-Black racism and achieve greater equity and inclusion of Black students by:

  • Enhancing our recruitment of Black students for study abroad programs, internships, and research opportunities around the world
  • Creating modules about systemic anti-Black racism and implicit bias abroad
  • Hiring Black students as peer advisors
  • Requiring all UCSB EAP staff to complete UC’s Managing Implicit Bias training
  • Collaborating with other campus units to more effectively articulate study abroad opportunities for Black students to attain their academic and career goals

We acknowledge the many accomplishments made by inspiring African Americans who have lived, traveled, and studied abroad, including W.E.B. DuBois (Germany and much of Europe), Josephine Baker (France, Morocco, Spain and Morocco), Paul Robeson (United Kingdom, Soviet Union, and Spain), Gordon Parks (Paris), Martin Luther King Jr. (Ghana and India), Malcom X (Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, and Saudi Arabia), James Baldwin (France, Switzerland, and Turkey), Maya Angelou (Ghana), Susan Rice (United Kingdom), and Ta-Nehisi Coates (France).  Their lives and understandings of the world at large were significantly transformed by their experiences abroad.  We pledge to make similar opportunities available to UCSB’s Black students.