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UC Davis experiences more vandalism on campus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
By Megan Hansen and Ben Adler

Two recent incidents of vandalism at UC Davis have prompted students to call for mandatory, campus-wide diversity training. That’s on top of five similar acts on other UC campuses in the last month. Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler reports.
The latest offense involved the spray-painting of derogatory words on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center late Friday night. A couple of weeks earlier, a swastika was drawn on a Jewish student’s dorm room door. Sherry Atkinson is the director of the UC Davis LGBT center. She says economic uncertainty might be a source of the animosity. 
“It’s sad, I think there’s a lot of fear, I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding, and ignorance, and people are lashing out in different ways and targeting under-represented communities.”
Student government Vice President Chris Dietrich says the events demonstrate the need for more diversity training on campus.
“Education is something that is very important. I know there’s people here on our campus and our student government, we’re trying to push for education.”
The LGBT center held a campus meeting on Monday to discuss ideas to prevent future problems. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was among those in attendance. Students are compiling ideas from the meeting into a proposal for the administration. 
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