Diversity Resources

UC San Diego has many programs to help you stay informed and active. Students are invited to take part in nearly 50 multicultural associations and social justice collectives. Similarly, faculty and staff can play an integral role in removing barriers and challenging discrimination by becoming involved in academic outreach and awareness programs, affirmative action committees, and the many staff associations offered on campus.

Student Resources

Faculty and Staff Resources

Community Resources

State and National Resources

Diversity Initiatives Database

UC San Diego offers a variety of programs and activities that engage faculty, staff and students in support of a diverse and inclusive community where all are welcome and encouraged to thrive. Please visit the Diversity Initiatives Database to identify activities that may be of interest to you. If you have any questions about this resource, contact diversity@ucsd.edu.


California Gender Recognition Act (SB 179)

Last fall, Governor Brown signed into law the Gender Recognition Act (California Senate Bill 179). The law streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers and creates a nonbinary gender category (the letter “x” or “nb”) on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders. This enables many in our community—including transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people—to have full recognition in California. 

To prepare our campus for this transition, Vice Chancellor Petitt has asked Judy Bruner, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Shaun Travers, Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, to co-lead a steering committee to advise senior leadership on measures to prepare for this change.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are available here.


Multicultural Calendar

When we acknowledge dates of cultural and religious significance, we create a more respectful and inclusive environment. This electronic calendar is provided as a tool for you to use to educate yourself about the different celebrations, holidays, and events in which our staff, students, and faculty may actively participate.

Please note that this calendar is coordinated and maintained by an external vendor. For questions or concerns regarding content, please refer to the contact information on their site.

How to get the most out of the calendar:

  • Consider these dates when scheduling classes, work deadlines, meetings, and events to ensure individuals are not excluded or pressured unfairly to attend certain events. 
  • Provide options for taking time off for employees who celebrate religious/holy days.
  • When planning meetings or events with food, consider that some holidays involve fasting or other dietary restrictions.
  • Allow time for staff to participate in heritage or history months events, or other cultural days with speakers, displays, and educational activities.