Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Student + Employee: The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advances the University’s teaching, research and service mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively with others throughout the institution to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is free of bias and harassment.

Office initiatives and activities are designed to cultivate a climate in which all students, staff and faculty are treated fairly and able to thrive and succeed; and everyone including current affiliates, alumni, supporters and community members is welcomed.

Office staff members work to ensure that UC Santa Cruz is compliant with nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies and laws for staff and faculty, and all applicants and employees are afforded equal opportunity in employment.


Academic Employees: The Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD) studies and makes recommendations on affirmative action policy and campus diversity. CAAD is especially concerned with diversity for academic personnel and academic programs. CAAD studies and advises on issues of faculty mentoring and retention and campus climate, working closely with campus diversity officers. CAAD also reviews departmental requests for waivers of open recruitment/spousal hires and “target of excellence” hires. CAAD meets every other week.


The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers training that promotes career development, academic and staff employee retention, and provides diversity and compliance education. We seek to educate academic and staff employees about best practices aimed at creating an environment that values diversity and inclusion, is free from bias, and in which all employees are able to succeed.

Building an inclusive environment that promotes diversity and inclusion requires the active participation of everyone on campus. The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program consists of nine courses (seven core courses and two electives) providing a valuable professional development opportunity at no cost to employees or employee units. The Program is designed to offer participants an in-depth examination of diversity and differences in order to gain a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to build a stronger and more inclusive UC Santa Cruz community. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to more effectively and enjoyably work and lead in a multicultural, diverse environment.

Participants who complete all seven core courses and two elective program courses within two years qualify to receive a certificate of completion. Individual courses are also open to those who are not pursuing a certificate; individuals do have the option to take courses based on their own interest.

The courses range from two to three hours and will be taught by various internal and external instructors in different formats. The core courses are offered at least twice during the academic year while the elective courses are offered once.

NOTE: A new core course requirement was added to the 2014-15 program. Only new participants who are enrolling in the program for the first time are required to complete this additional core course to receive a certificate of completion.

Core course topics include:
NEW! Historical Overview: Power, Privilege and Oppression
Overview of Diversity, Retention & Inclusion: Successes and Challenges at UCSC
Understanding Race, Ethnicity & National Origin
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Issues in the Workplace & Beyond
Communicating Across Generations
Developing Diversity Change Agents
Disability 101
Elective course topics include:

Fair Hiring (online)
Understanding Religious Beliefs & Believers
Troops to College
Coming to Terms with our Differences
Speaking Up to Bias
Increasing Our Intercultural Proficiency in Working with UCSC’s International Students & Scholars
Cultural Competency for Supervisors: Managing a Diverse Workforce
NEW! Examining Micro-aggressions and their Impact on Campus Climate
NEW! Raising Your CQ (Cultural Intelligence)

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:
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