Community Messages

Messages to the Occidental Community about Equity & Justice matters on campus.

2/10/22: We have compiled information, resources and programming related to the racist, anti-Asian text messages that were recently circulated on social media. Find additional details, including all related campus updates from President Elam and staff, at this dedicated page.

March 29, 2022

An update on the Equity & Justice Agenda developed last year, including some highlights of the concrete actions we have taken in each of the Agenda's three focus areas.

April 20, 2021

As a follow up to Dean Flot’s March 2 message, President Elam issued the following statement on doxxing.

March 29, 2021

Informed by the urgency of this cultural moment and conversations within the College community, President Elam puts forward an Equity and Justice Agenda for Occidental.

March 9, 2021

Chris Arguedas and Jacob Alden Sargent will be taking on the roles of special assistants to the president for equity and justice.

August 26, 2020

Updates from Occidental leadership on new initiatives that the College is launching, and resources that are available, specifically related to the support of our Black student community.

August 29, 2019

In April, President Veitch called for the creation of a working group to take on a number of issues related to equity and inclusion at Oxy.

May 1, 2019

As I announced in an April 8 email to the Oxy community, the College’s Vice President for Diversity and Equity and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Rhonda Brown will be leaving Oxy on July 1. I write today to share next steps regarding this important position.

April 11, 2019

In the past couple of weeks, the ASOC Direct Action Committee has engaged students and assembled a list of concerns focused on improving the quality of experience for Black students on our campus in light of recent events.