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Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of California, San Diego
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

UC San Diego is committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation, including sexual.

Federal and state laws and University policies and practices ensure that all job applicants and UCSD employees have equal opportunities in every aspect of employment activities, including recruitment, selection, promotion, training, and termination. Equal Employment Opportunity practices prevent discrimination and harassment.

From the first steps in the hiring process through the day-to-day work experience, UCSD’s policies prohibit discrimination against or harassment of any person, including discrimination or harassment based on:

National origin
Gender expression
Gender identity
Pregnancy (includes but is not limited to pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth)
Physical or mental disability
Medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics)
Genetic information (including family medical history)
Marital status
Sexual orientation
Service in the uniformed services

UC San Diego’s affirmative action and equal opportunity policies and procedures require fair hiring practices and positive action in building and accommodating a diverse and representative workforce.


The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy 1, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination works to resolve complaints of discrimination and/or harassment through informal resolution or formal investigation, The staff explains and clarifies University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, collaborates with other UC San Diego offices in resolving complaints, including Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, and offers a variety of training programs and workshops in sexual harassment and nondiscrimination for students, faculty and staff.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OADEO) works with departments in their student recruitment efforts to ensure compliance as a federal government contractor, and help fulfill the UC's mission of academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness. http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/adeo/recruitment/

UC San Diego Human Resource's Talent Acquisition is the unit of Human Resources responsible for recruitment. The unit assists the university in attracting the best qualified and diverse applicants through various outreach efforts. Emphasis is placed on guidance and monitoring of the employment process and assisting the San Diego community with employment opportunities at UC San Diego, including acting as a liaison throughout San Diego county and the UC system in support of UC San Diego's commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities.

Through the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity—with the help of the Faculty Equity Advisors—support the university’s commitment to advance diversity and equity is by promoting best practices for faculty recruitment. These include broadening the candidate pool, agreeing on criteria to judge all applicants before the search begins, guarding against biases in decision making, and treating all candidates respectfully and equally.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

There are many academic programs and student groups, as well as center and university-sponsored efforts, that help support underrepresented groups.

UC San Diego is home to many centers open to faculty, staff and students for support, including the Black Resource Center, the Cross Cultural Center, the Intertribal Resource Center, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, the Raza Resource Centro, and the Women's Center. The Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES) fosters UC San Diego students in collaborating to achieve greater educational equity. This encompasses equal access to higher education, undergraduate retention and graduation, and matriculation to graduate and professional schools.
Other programs include the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS), Academic Affirmative Action, and the Center for Student Involvement.

Faculty resources and support: http://facultydiversity.ucsd.edu/

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Tribal Membership Initiative: Program designed to increase diversity at the graduate level by providing fellowships to incoming graduate students from Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian ancestry.

The CURE Program
Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience—is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. It was implemented to engage the scientific curiosity and promote the potential cancer research careers of promising young high school and undergraduate students from underserved populations.

The McNair Program
Provides low-income, first-generation undergraduate students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education with effective preparation for doctoral study.

The CAMP Program
California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics provides support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology.


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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