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Thursday, November 4, 2021

UC-Hastings To Seek Legislation To Change Its Name Due To Founder's Role In Native American Massacres

Following up on last week's post, New York Times, Should UC-Hastings Law School Change Its Name Due To Founder's Role In Native American Genocide?:  

UC-Hastings Logo 3UC Hastings Board Directs Chancellor & Dean to Pursue Name Change:

The University of California Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors voted today to authorize UC Hastings leadership to work with state legislators and other stakeholders to change the College’s name. UC Hastings was founded in 1878 by Serranus Hastings, who perpetrated genocidal acts against Native Californians in the 1850s in the Round and Eden valleys.

“UC Hastings has collaborated with the Yuki People and members of other affected tribes for the last four years in pursuit of restorative justice. The goal of our collaborations with the tribes is to bring the educational resources of the College to help address the generational trauma inflicted by Serranus Hastings,” said Carl W. “Chip” Robertson (’98), Chair of the Board of Directors. “That work has raised our awareness of the wrongs committed by the College’s namesake and the ongoing pain they cause, and our decision is that we can no longer associate our great institution with his name. With this vote, we authorize UC Hastings leadership to work in good faith with legislators and other stakeholders to change our school’s name. We know that some members of our community are attached to the school’s name because of the College’s wonderful 143-year history, unrelated to Serranus Hastings. But this change is a critical step in addressing our founder’s role in Native Californian genocide.”

Because the Hastings name is written into state law, a change to the school’s name requires legislation from the California State Legislature.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2021/11/uc-hastings-to-seek-legislation-to-change-its-name-due-to-founders-role-in-native-american-massacres.html

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