Statement From Our Department

Date: June 5, 2020

As the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, we feel the loss of George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Michael Lorenzo Dean. Eric Reason. Christopher McCorvey. Christopher Whitfield. Atatiana Jefferson. Dominique Clayton. Pamela Turner. Botham Jean. Antwon Rose II. Stephon Clark. Ronell Foster. Aaron Bailey. Jordan Edwards. Alteria Woods. Paul O’Neal. Terence Crutcher. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Sylville Smith. Terrill Thomas. Willie Tillman. Demarcus Semer. Mary Truxillo. Kevin Hicks. Darius Robinson. Torrey Robinson. Peter Gaines. Marco Loud. Christopher Davis. Dyzhawn Perkins. Calin Roquemore. David Joseph. Wendell Celestine. Antronie Scott. Randy Nelson. Janet Wilson. Keith Childress Jr. Quintonio Legrier. Bettie Jones. Kevin Matthews. Michael Noel. Miguel Espinal. Benni Lee Tignor. Nathaniel Harris Pickett. Richard Perkins. Jamar Clark. Michael Lee Marshall. La’Vante Biggs. India Kager. Tyree Crawford. Alonzo Smith. Anthony Ashford. Dominic Hutchinson. Paterson Brown. Lamontez Jones. Junior Prosper. Keith Harrison McLeod. Felix Kumi. Asshams Pharoah Manley. Troy Robinson. Christian Taylor. Brian Keith Day. Michael Sabbie. Samuel DuBose. Billy Ray Davis. Darrius Stewart. Albert Joseph Davis. Sandra Bland. Salvado Ellswood. Joseph Mann. Freddie Blue. Jonathan Sanders. Victor Manuel Larosa. Brendon Glenn. Alexia Christian. William Chapman II. Walter Scott. Eric Harris. Phillip White. Mya Hall. Anthony Hill. Tony Robinson. Natasha McKenna. Frank Smart. Mathhew Ajibade. Jerame Reid. Rumain Brisbon. Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Tanisha Anderson. George Mann. Laquan McDonald. Michelle Cusseaux. Dante Parker. Ezell Ford. Michael Brown. John Crawford III. Eric Garner…countless other Black lives murdered by police in anonymity but not forgotten. 

Trayvon Martin to Ahmaud Arbery, all the Black lives murdered with impunity by civilians this decade as a movement called Black Lives Matter has overtaken the world.

All our energies are with those who are struggling to abolish forms of government, economy, and civic life that boast of their endless resources to kill while claiming austerity for food, shelter, and basic hospital supplies. As our colleague Michael Hames-García notes, UO is one site of this struggle. IRES urges the University immediately to disarm the UOPD, to shrink its size, to reduce its budget, and to create substantive and independent civilian oversight with investigatory and disciplinary authority. The UO should also begin public discussions about how and when to replace the UOPD with a Department of Public Safety.

In grief with those who mourn, outrage with those who resist, and solidarity with those who toil in ways big and small to create possibilities for a livable future.    


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates:

In response to guidance from the Academic Council and the Office of the Provost, the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies will temporarily waive restrictions on taking ES classes P/NP for credit toward the ES major or minor. This change applies only to courses taken during the Spring 2020 term. If you are interested or plan to change your grading  options for Spring 2020, please consult with a Public Policy, Society, and Identity (PPSI) Flight Path Advisor (ppsiflightpath@uoregon.edu) to ensure that you are making the right choice for your academic needs and to answer any questions you may have about possible effects on financial aid.

Dear Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Majors, Minors, and University of Oregon Community,

We are writing you this virtual letter, of sorts, in an effort to keep you aware of what updates we have received. The latest update on the University of Oregon’s response to the Coronavirus is that we are sustaining relative closure, with only sanctioned faculty and staff on site. This action is in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown issuing an update, yesterday, April 8th, 2020, to the Executive Order on school closures throughout the state, which are to continue, and extend through the current academic Spring Term. This is one aspect of multifaceted efforts being put forth, with the ultimate goal being slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

In order to comply with this official issued update, the University of Oregon will remain closed to the public, operating on a modified status until, at least, the end of the Spring Term. 

On a broader scale, regarding our community at large– all Oregon residents should continue to stay home and practice social distancing. Aside from limited allowances of certain pre-approved on-campus activities, members of the University community are advised to stay home and, when you must go out, practice social distancing to minimize risk, and the unintentional spread of the Coronavirus. While the University is in modified operations, Campus Security officials have put new temporary restrictions on access to UO buildings. Additionally, campus fields and outdoor spaces are closed and should not be used.

Stay safe, stay well, stay informed. 


Last Updated: June 5th, 2020
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