New Delhi: The University of California, Davis, has added a new term ‘caste’ to its anti-discrimination policy after student’s complaint discrimination happening at the university.
Under this new UC Davis policy, students or staff who face discrimination or harassment due to their castes can now file complaints in administration and that could result in formal investigations, the policy was amended in September end in 2021.
Danésha Nichols, director of UC Davis’ Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program, while getting interviewed by State Media told, “The significance of adding caste is, that it ensures that the communities most impacted and most vulnerable to this type of discrimination or harassment know that the university recognizes the harm caused and stands behind them”
In recent times, some students started pushing for this change after receiving insulting memes in their group chats and overhearing South Asian students ask each other what caste they belonged to before picking roommates. Hence, the university classified that the decision was necessary for us.
Similarly last year, California regulators sued Cisco Systems over a complaint of an engineer, who faced discrimination at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters because he is a Dalit Indian.
The Engineer alleged upper castes were teasing him for his lower caste and hence, he filed a complaint.