Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.34
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Teresa Scholz
Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students
Chancellor's Office/EVC
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

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 are 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.

The office develops and delivers educational programs and workshop focused on understanding different facets of diversity and provides strategies and skills for inclusive practices. The office also developed a Dialogue Series in 2018. Segments of the Dialogue series are delivered by different members of the campus community.


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.


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A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers workshops and ongoing educational programs that promote 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.

We introduced a cohort system this year. All individuals interested in obtaining their certificate are required to attend and orientation and a two-part seminar. Additionally, some of the course have been re-titled to reflect current approaches to social justice education.

Core course topics include:
Power, Privilege and Oppression
Supporting Queer and Trans Communities 101
Developing Diversity Change Agents
Disability 101
Race: A Brief History of an Idea
Class Matters

Elective course topics include:

Intersections between Diversity and Environment
Understanding Religious Beliefs & Believers
Undocumented Students and UCSC and Beyond
Challenging Islamophobia
Coming to Terms with our Differences
Gender Bias and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

In addition to the DICP courses, ODEI offers regular workshops about microaggressions.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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ODEI evaluates some of its programs. Specifically, all courses in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate program.

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