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UC Davis community rallies against hate crimes

DAVIS – The UC Davis community is in an uproar this week after homophobic slurs were spray-painted on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center building on campus.

The vandalism was discovered Saturday morning. It was the second hate crime reported on campus in the past week. A Jewish student at UC Davis reported to authorities late last week that someone carved a swastika on her dorm room door.

The FBI has joined local authorities in investigating the hate crimes.

Students reacted immediately to the homophobic slurs, covering up the graffiti with handwritten notes expressing love and support. Hundreds of students rallied on campus on Monday, marched with signs and banners, and later that night packed a town hall meeting called by the university.

UC Davis officials reassured the town hall gathering that the university was vigilant and taking steps to curb the problem.

Town hall participants recommended adding diversity classes, beefing up funding for diversity programs and documenting all hate crimes.

These crimes echo recent incidents at other University of California campuses.

SDGLN has documented racial tensions at UC San Diego over a fraternity event called the "Compton Cookout" and a noose found hanging in the campus library.

At UC Irvine, some students disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.