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EDI (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) Advisory Council


The UC San Diego EDI Advisory Council works with the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to advise the Chancellor on diversity issues across campus. They pay particular attention to institutional access and representation, campus climate and intergroup relations, and institutional transformation. The work of the Council supports campus efforts to become a more equitable, inclusive community where all feel welcome, supported, and able to thrive.


Through the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, advise the Chancellor on the
appropriate equity and accountability goals to which UC San Diego should aspire in creating a
diverse campus community and assess progress toward achieving those goals.

  • Identify those programs that can have the greatest positive impacts on campus diversity and
    advise on how our resources might best be utilized and coordinated to achieve the campus
    diversity goals.
  • Identify the barriers to achieving greater diversity at UC San Diego and provide recommendations
    on how we can overcome those barriers.
  • Review annual reports and other data regarding the state of student, faculty, and staff diversity
    and efforts to improve diversity at UC San Diego.
  • Assess how the UCSD Principles of Community and related campus regulations and policies are
    being applied and make recommendations on how to improve the communication of the
    Principles to faculty, students, and staff.
  • Act as a resource for the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Directors, and others for advice on
    programs and initiatives designed to improve UC San Diego’s diversity.
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of diversity-related issues and ideas and encourage a campus
    dialogue about diversity by periodically convening town meetings, offering seminars, and
    establishing a web page.
  • Examine and provide advice on best practices in academia.

Action Subgroups

The Action Subgroups listed below support monitoring of institutional progress with respect to diversity. Members will be added to these subgroups as expertise with particular issues is needed.

Climate and Intergroup Relations #8211; Focus on challenges and opportunities related to climate

  • Quality of experience/engagement on campus, satisfaction
  • Type and quality of interaction among groups
  • Perceptions of institution (climate, commitment, fairness)

Access and Success – Focus on improving outcomes for historically underrepresented and marginalized students

  • Undergraduate/graduate student population by fields and levels
  • Pursuit of advanced degrees
  • Success of students: graduation, persistence, honors, STEM fields, etc.

Education and Scholarship (Chaired by Faculty Member) – Focus on ensuring diversity is an integral part of the academic mission

  • Presence of diversity-related courses, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) requirements

Institutional Viability and Vitality – Focus on transparency and accountability in our diversity efforts

  • Public and constituency perceptions of institutional commitment to diversity, equity
  • Framework and indicators for monitoring diversity
  • Centrality of diversity in the planning process, mission statements, program reviews
  • Institutional strategies and dedicated resources
  • Diversity of faculty, staff, and students by level
  • Advisory board diversity and engagement


Council members are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in consultation with relevant campus units.

Name Title / Office Subcommittee

Becky Petitt


Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


William McGinnis


Dean, Biological Sciences


Farrell Ackerman

Chair, Academic Senate

Access and Success

Osinachi Ajoku

VP Diversity Affairs, Graduate Student Association

Education and Scholarship

Aseel Ali

Undergraduate Student At-Large

Access and Success

Rommie Amaro

Representative, Committee on Diversity and Equity, Academic Senate

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Keiara Auzenne

Representative, SIO

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Joanna Boval

Executive Director, Office of Students with Disabilities

Access and Success

Manuelita Brown

Representative, UCSD Alumni Association

Education and Scholarship

Cynthia Davalos

Student Affairs Representative

Access and Success

Glynda Davis

Senior Diversity Officer, EDI

Mark Derdzinski

President, Graduate Student Association

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Vic Ferreira

Department Chair, Psychology (Chairs Representative)

Education and Scholarship

Lesly Figueroa

President, Associated Students

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Diane Forbes Berthoud

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Abraham Galvan

AVP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associated Students

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Franklin Garrett

Chair, Black Staff Association

Education and Scholarship

Ben Grinstein

Department Chair, Physics

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Anthony King

Representative, Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Chandler Puritty

Graduate Student At-Large

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Mark Rasmussen

Staff Member At-Large

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Emily Roxworthy

Council of Provosts

Education and Scholarship

Veronica Sanchez

Representative, SPACES

Access and Success

Frank Silva

Chief of Staff, EDI

Dan Suchy

Assistant Director, ACMS

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Amber Vlasnik

Representative, Committee on the Status of Women

Education and Scholarship

Melissa Williams

Director, Disability Counseling & Consulting

Access and Success

Ebonee Williams

Staff Council Representative

Climate and Intergroup Relations

Meeting Minutes

The EDI Advisory Council meets four times per year (once per quarter during the academic year and a planning meeting during the summer) unless otherwise noted. Action Subgroups and any ad hoc committees may meet more frequently.

February 25, 2016 (PDF)

September 30, 2016 (PDF)

January 27, 2017 (PDF)

April 26, 2017 (PDF)

July 26, 2017 (PDF)

November 29, 2017 (PDF)