Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- February 15, 2000


Cal Poly Pomona President Selected to Attorney General's Commission On Hate Crimes

Cal Poly Pomona President Bob H. Suzuki has been selected by Attorney General Bill Lockyer to serve on the California Civil Rights Commission on Hate Crimes.

The commission will advise the Attorney General on methods to improve hate crime prevention; tolerance and appreciation for diversity; law enforcement training; monitoring and suppression of organized, extremist hate groups; victims' services; and the strength and efficacy of state criminal and civil rights laws aimed at preventing and punishing perpetrators of hate crimes.

"Hate crime is an issue that I have been concerned with for many years," said Suzuki. "I am honored that the Attorney General has asked me to serve on this commission."

Members of the commission will begin their service by addressing the difficulty in obtaining accurate and complete hate crimes statistics. They will submit a report at the end of the year, which will suggest better ways for collecting such data.

Suzuki joins such distinguished individuals as Fred Korematsu and Joseph McNamara. Korematsu, a renowned civil rights crusader who fought against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, will serve as honorary chairperson of the commission. McNamara, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute, will co-chair the commission.



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