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Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

You Have the Power to Transform

Transformation takes collective genius. Imagine what we can achieve when we unite our efforts to create a community with heart.

We need your diverse perspectives and talents as we begin to shape the future of UC San Diego. Your input will serve as the foundation for the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, led by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Together with feedback already received, the plan will map the pathway to a more inclusive university.

Our vision is to create a learning and working environment where all feel welcomed and valued, which in turn leads to excellence in the classroom and workplace. We believe all members of our campus community deserve respect and equal opportunity to thrive. And throughout this process, we will be transparent and proactive in inspiring campus wide engagement.

Your ideas are important, and we are here to listen. There are many ways you can participate.

  • Submit your ideas at one of the booths around campus.
  • Take part in a small focus group.
  • Speak up at a town hall meeting.
  • Join one of our interactive workshops, seminars and social events.
  • Become a campaign ambassador and encourage involvement among others on campus.

Questions? Email or Call (858)822-3542.




Your Ideas: Already Making Waves

Inclusion is intentional and a diversity of voices is critical to our success at UC San Diego. That’s why we have been meeting regularly with campus community members to get your input on shaping the future of diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego through the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. See what we’ve been up to below!

Summer 2018 Advocates & Influencers Forums

picture from the lower right of the frame. We see two staff members from behind. They are sitting at a round table looking up at a power point presentation situated above a stage. They are in a big conference room.The Advocates and Influencers Summer Forums took place on August 14 and August 20. Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt addressed campus leaders, sharing with them components of the accountability reporting process and the core tenets that will guide our work in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion: access and success, climate, and accountability. Grouped by VC areas, participants responded to the following questions:


  1. What are the roadblocks in higher education to achieving these core tenets? Which ones are present at UC San Diego?
  2. Discuss at least one action step for each tenet: Access and Success, Climate, Accountability to take in your VC area.

These ideas will be shared with their VCs when VC Petitt meets with them to prepare them for accountability reporting.

Spring 2018 Advocates & Influencers Meeting

people are listening to a speaker in a large conference hall. AVC Diane Forbes-Berthoud is at the podium on stage and there is a presentation on the screen. everyone is sitting at round conference tablesIn the SP18 meeting, Advocates gathered to discuss the state of EDI in their units, learned more about the progress of the Strategic Plan and saw a draft of our first-ever diversity report. The diversity report will provide an overview of the current state of diversity at UC San Diego. Topics include: Leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Teaching and Research in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Women @ UC San Diego. As well as sections on: institutional support of equity, diversity and inclusion; staff contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion; and future opportunities for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 

Winter 2018

We held forums at UC San Diego Health Sciences and Scripps Institution of Oceanography and will continue outreach and engagement across campus. Follow us here for updates! And, as always, share your thoughts anytime at

Advocates and Influencers Strategic Plan Winter Forum

People looking at postersJanuary 30, 2018

We met with Advocates and Influencers again for a second time in this process. Advocates and Influencers are staff, students, and faculty who are already engaged in and working on climate initiatives across campus, including diversity and inclusion-specific initiatives. They have been campus ambassadors supporting our Communication and outreach efforts to get the word out about the Strategic Plan so that everyone can get involved! Attendees learned new leadership skills in equity, diversity, and inclusion and shared their involvement their divisions and departments, campus-wide. The Vice Chancellor’s Office for EDI also gave an update on the Strategic Planning process and discussed next steps for the Strategic Plan. Look out for more ways to give your input in Winter 2018 and a draft in Spring 2018!

UC San Diego Alumni Board Meeting

Alumni board meetingOctober 20, 2017

Alumni represent the legacy of UC San Diego throughout the U.S.A. and the world. Your input is vital on how to keep UC San Diego strong and guide it into the future. Contact us at with any thoughts. We will keep reaching out and hearing from you at alumni gatherings. See you there!

Campus Launch of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Strategic plan launchOctober 19, 2017

If one thing changes, everything changes. The Campus Launch was a call to action for each person at our university to recognize their role and responsibility in making UC San Diego an inclusive place where all have an equal opportunity to achieve. You gave us your input through IdeaWave and campus forums in the fall. We hope you will continue to do so at forums and at! With your ideas in mind, the first draft of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence will be written in Winter 2018. We look forward to your feedback and additional ideas on that document in Spring 2018. Through our collective genius, we can build a comprehensive strategic roadmap to guide UC San Diego into the future.

Faculty Strategic Plan Forum

Strategic plan forumOctober 13 & 17, 2017

The Faculty Club

We can’t shape the future of diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego without Faculty. Your expertise and guidance will help us develop even better ideas. Faculty discussed ways they can bring Inclusive Excellence to life on campus and in their departments through their teaching, research, and committee work. We also hosted faculty focus groups in Winter 2018. Contribute your ideas online at Together, our collective genius can build a better pathway for UC San Diego. We want to learn from you!

Graduate Student Strategic Plan Forum

NetworkingOctober 11, 2017

The Bella Vista Social Club

Graduate student input is critical to our success. Graduate Students are a valuable part of the UC San Diego community positioned as you are at the intersection of staff, student, and faculty. These forums give us critical insight into your perspectives, concerns, and needs. Share your ideas with us at We need all your voices!

Associated Students (AS) Senate Meeting

AS Senate meeting October 4, 2017

Undergraduates are the future of UC San Diego’s legacy. Let’s work together to make UC San Diego a leader in campus equity, diversity and inclusion! We’ve been in touch with your elected leaders, the Associated Students, but we want to hear from all of you. Share your ideas with us at We’re excited to hear what you think!

Advocates & Influencers Strategic Plan Summer Forum

NetworkingAugust 14 & 28, 2017

Advocates & Influencers are campus leaders in equity, diversity and inclusion. They are staff, students, and faculty who are already engaged in and working on climate initiatives across campus, including diversity and inclusion-specific initiatives. Advocates and Influencers have been campus ambassadors supporting our Communication and outreach efforts to get the word out about the Strategic Plan so that everyone can get involved! We want as many community members to participate in the process as possible and our Advocates & Influencers are a big part of that. During the forum, participants identified what would exemplify Inclusive Excellence at UC San Diego and then committed to one thing they could do to bring that to life on our campus. What’s your one thing?