Community Resources

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is participating in a multi-campus initiative (known as DEIBlueprint) to assess issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. 

This page is a repository of the materials, resources, and initiatives the Climate Council has assembled to address our community needs. To further address our community needs, we will continue to refine and administer the climate survey.

Our Climate Council is composed of a rotating group of graduate student members: Gabriella Licata and Chloe Berger; staff members: Sebastião Macedo and Maxwell Moloney; and faculty members: Justin Davidson and Alex Saum-Pascual.

Department Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Around us, on campus and off campus, we witness unbridled examples of constitutive and structural racism in action. While some can casually go about their day, others have to worry that they might be killed by those who should protect them. While some populations—privileged by their nationality, race and class—have open borders wherever they go; others have to face cages, racial profiling, sexual violence, linguistic prejudice and insidious aggressions even in places supposedly welcoming to them.

At the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at U.C. Berkeley, we recognize the violence and unjust encounters at the origin of our field. We are also aware of the relative position of the Spanish language to English in the United States. Most marginalized immigrants in the U.S. are from Latin America and speak Spanish, among other languages. With this in mind, we stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color, in the United States and throughout the world, against all forms of racism, white supremacy, and injustice.

Our department recommits to inclusive and equitable opportunities for all. We deeply value multilingualism (indeed, there is no official language of the United States), nonconformity to binary gender, and peoples and groups whose ethnic, racial and class backgrounds, as well as citizenship status, have been marginalized. We stand alongside the writers, thinkers and artists, who have struggled for justice. They can be an example to better understand ourselves as a department of language, literature & linguistics that is part of a public institution in the United States, and thus how we are part of the system we live in and want to change.

Resources for Graduate Diversity: