Welcome to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

About UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top fifteen research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Our students, who learn from Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and National Academy members, are committed to public service. For the fifth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement, and social mobility. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines, and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

As expounded in our Principles of Community, UC San Diego strives to create a climate of respect, fairness, cooperation, and professionalism, and to promote innovation and leadership by engaging the talents and abilities of all.

About the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At the UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VC-EDI), we believe that true excellence is achieved through productive relationships among people of diverse perspectives. Creativity and innovation prosper when the collective talents of our students, faculty, and staff are joined together in an environment that is open and inclusive. We define greatness by our ability to work together in a climate of shared respect, where diverse perspectives are valued and opportunities for growth and self-reflection exist for all. VC-EDI works in partnership with other Vice Chancellor areas to ensure that students, faculty, and staff find community and self-empowerment, regardless of heritage, orientation, or situation.

Central to the purpose of the Office of the VC-EDI is to ensure that our community is one of equal opportunity, where mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration is fostered and open dialogue is encouraged. It is our mission to provide leadership, build capacity, and forge partnerships to facilitate shared responsibility for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus in which students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The VC-EDI, through partnership and collaboration, directs the campus efforts relative to diversity initiatives, which includes the work of the Campus Community Centers, as well as the efforts of two Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity.

About the Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity

Our Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity (AVC-FDEs) are experienced campus leaders, who provide training and support to Faculty Equity Advisors (FEAs) and are available to any faculty member, as well as deans, chairs, and search committees for guidance on issues related to diversity, equity, mentoring, and family accommodation policies. AVC-FDEs also monitor campus demographics on faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention.

About the Campus Community Centers

As units within the VC-EDI, the Campus Community Centers include: the Black Resource Center, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, the Raza Resource Centro, and the Women’s Center. The Campus Community Centers affect institutional change by challenging traditional notions and historical structures of diversity and equality. As places of engagement and belonging they facilitate interactive learning, promote self-awareness, foster leadership, and encourage dialogue. Working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the San Diego community, the centers contribute significantly toward the evolution of a socially just campus climate.

Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Becky Petitt

Vice Chancellor

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion