Students and staff at University of California, Berkeley, are preparing to leave campus in the midst of a controversy over a plan to grant $5 million in financial aid to women who want to attend the city’s famed gay nightclub The Regal.
In a news release Tuesday, UC Berkeley said it had determined that the proposal to award $5.3 million in aid was inconsistent with the school’s mission and with the needs of students, faculty and staff.
“The decision to award financial aid for female students and staff who are considering attending The Regale is consistent with UC Berkeley’s mission as a liberal arts college,” UC Berkeley wrote.
“In particular, we believe that women and men who are pursuing a graduate degree are entitled to equal opportunities to thrive in the diverse world of work, study, and service.”UC Berkeley has a long and proud history of promoting inclusion and promoting equity,” it added.”
We continue to believe that the best path to inclusion is for students to be welcomed and supported by their classmates, faculty, and staff, not by the university as a whole.
“The Regal is one of Berkeley’s most popular venues.
It is home to the university’s annual Halloween parade and campus-wide events, including the annual Women in the Arts festival, the annual student film festival and the annual UC Berkeley Black-tie dinner.
The news release did not specify how the decision would affect the city of Berkeley, which is still negotiating with the state of California over whether to grant the grant.
The state, which would determine whether the $5,000 grant will be available for the city to distribute to applicants, has not yet announced a decision.
Betsy Wood, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Education, declined to comment on whether the university would have to approve the plan to award aid, citing its status as a public entity.