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Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership: Highlights

VC EDI works collaboratively across campus to initiate policy, programmatic, and systems changes that advance inclusion and equity across campus.  Below are a few achievements in the 2016-2017 academic year:

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Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Launched the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence campaign to collect the diverse perspectives and talents of the community to help continue shaping the future of UC San Diego.

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Engaging Our Principles of Community

To further promote and communicate UC San Diego’s Principles of Community, a series of initiatives to emphasize the Principles as central tenets for a more equitable campus climate was implemented. The series – Engaging Our Principles of Community – included seminars and workshops, as well as Campus Climate Enhancement Grant opportunities, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Selected climate grants address issues of bias, advance scholarly work in Black girlhood, enhance UC San Diego police-community relations, encourage student-to-student dialogue on polarizing topics, and celebrate contributions to equity and inclusion.

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Black Academic Excellence Initiative Advisory Committee

Developed and charged a Black Academic Excellence Initiative advisory committee to make recommendations to improve the experiences for Black faculty, staff and students.

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Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Convened a Joint Academic Senate-Administrative Task Force on Exploring Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation for UC San Diego. The Task Force was charged to develop recommendations to enable UC San Diego to increase Hispanic student enrollment and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

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Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Desi American (APIMEDA) program

Strengthened programs and services for Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Desi American (APIMEDA) students through the hiring of an APIMEDA program manager to develop co-curricular and other support programming.

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Staff Performance Appraisal

Developed meaningful and simplified performance standards and measurement criteria for the Principles of Community to ensure EDI goals and expectations are comprehensively integrated throughout the Staff Performance Appraisal instrument.

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Women's Faculty Network

Launched the Women’s Faculty Network, created to foster equity and scholarship throughout campus, for and by women, and to provide peer mentoring, collaboration, networking, and professional development through formal symposia and informal gatherings.

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Faculty of Color Network

Launched the Faculty of Color Network, created to foster equity and scholarship throughout campus, for and by faculty of color, and to provide peer mentoring, collaboration, networking, and professional development through formal symposia and informal gatherings.

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Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Developed the Center For Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of the Center is to collaboratively guide and coordinate practice, policy, and professional development with the objective of increasing accountability and measurable progress in diversifying our faculty.

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EDI Innovation Grants

Seeded EDI innovation across campus through Innovation Grants of up to $15,000 to fund promising pilot projects that advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. These mini-grant opportunities allow broad, campus-wide engagement in achieving our shared goals for diversity and inclusion. Many of these pilots have been institutionalized either by the department, division, or through extramural funding, including: Summer Program for Women in Philosophy; Black Studies Research Collaborative; Morehouse-Spelman Physics Bridge Program; Community College Partnership Program in Bioengineering; Explore, Prepare, Innovate, Connect (EPIC) Program; REACH and BioChemCore 2015; Arts and Humanities Advantage Outreach Internship Program; California Shaman; Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant Program for Postdoctoral Scholars; GPS Promoting Public Service Weekend; Xavier Summer Program in Biological Sciences; and Peer Educators for Greek Life.

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Faculty Peer Mediation Program

Launched the Faculty Peer Mediation Program, designed to empower faculty to help resolve disagreements between colleagues through facilitated negotiation and civil discourse.

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Equity-minded Teaching + Learning Practices

Launched collaborative effort between VC-EDI and The Teaching + Learning Commons to fully integrate equity-minded teaching and learning practices.

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College Transition Programming

Developed and launched Black and Latinx Transition programs, BRC Success Institute, and RRC Avanzando Juntos, to support and facilitate smooth campus and academic adjustment. Programs deliberately involve family members who are influencers of college choice.

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EDI Grant for Faculty Leadership in Excellence and Diversity

Launched the EDI Grant for Faculty Leadership in Excellence and Diversity to support faculty who want to enhance their leadership capacity in support of diversity and equity.

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Sol Program

Launched the Sol Program to bridge the retention gap of Latinx students. The program is designed to provide Latinx students the support and preparation needed to successfully graduate and benefit from the resources provided at UC San Diego.

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