The UCR Department of Religious Studies provides an opportunity for students to gain a broad, cross-cultural perspective on the diverse religious traditions of the world. Students examine the texts, symbols, myths, rituals, ideas, values, and ethical systems of many religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Chinese, African, and Native American religions.
Solidarity Statement, June 2020
The teaching faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at UCR are collectively grief-stricken and enraged by violence against people and communities of color, from anti-Asian violence related to the geographic origins of the novel coronavirus, to the disproportionate impact of the virus on Native, African American, and Latinx communities, to state violence against Black people and other people of color leading up to and during the current protest movement. As teachers, as allies, and for many of us as members of communities recently or currently subjected to communal and state violence, we stand in solidarity with our students and colleagues of color in this traumatic and historic moment. Rather than choose a monolithic response, we have each vowed to support students in our classes in the ways that best suit individual students and courses. Some of us have cancelled final exams and papers; some have adopted a no-fail policy; others have chosen different equity measures. We urge students for whom our decisions have not offered sufficient relief to approach us individually to seek further recourse. We are committed to the success of all students at all times, but especially now.