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Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

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Strategic Plan Core Tenets

As a collective framework for campus engagement, strategic action, assessment, and accountability that will shape the future of our campus, the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence identifies core tenets central to achieving our vision for inclusive excellence. These core tenets are: Access and Success, Climate, and Accountability.

Access and Success: Attract, retain, and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body with the goal of reflecting California demographics and achieving institutional excellence at UC San Diego.

Climate: Create and foster a positive and welcoming climate where we value, include, and support all at UC San Diego.

Accountability: Ensure institutional accountability through processes and structures that strengthen UC San Diego's  clear and continuous commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Our Process

Inclusion is intentional and a diversity of voices is critical to our success at UC San Diego. That is why we met 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.

Your ideas are important, and we are here to listen. 

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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.

Campus Community Engagement

2019-2020 Academic Year

Summer 2019 Advocates & Influencers Forum

The Advocates and Influencers Summer Forum occurred on August 13 where Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt provided an update to campus leaders on the Strategic Planning and Accountability process. advocates-influencers-summer-2019We welcomed Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Community Partnerships and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public  Health and Kama Guluma, MD, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM), who discussed their efforts in medical student recruitment and retention, as part of a series highlighting our campus partners who are advancing EDI in their units.  These efforts include strategies to enhance climate, access, and retention; community building initiatives for students and faculty such as “break bread” lunch gatherings and café con leche mixers; and community outreach programs where SOM students provide hypertension screenings in local barber shops and Hepatitis B screenings at community health fairs.

A new campus initiative was introduced that will focus on proactive strategies to improve climate, advocates-influencers-summer-2019-2build community, and promote civic engagement in response to national and community events that impact higher education and UC San Diego. 

Participants responded to the following questions:

1. What are your ideas for advancing the Unity Collaborative campus-wide (speakers, events, etc.)?

2. What are your ideas for how you can activate ideas for community building in your unit?

An opportunity was offered for volunteers to fill roles such as planning, leading, presenting, or organizing special speakers or artists in support of this initiative. advocates-influencers-summer-2019-3

If you are interested in volunteering your time to provide support in any of the aforementioned capacities, please respond to the following link for inclusion in our Unity Collaborative volunteer database:

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at  



Winter 2019 Graduate Student Forum

Meeting at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe with graduate student leadership to discuss critical areas and recommendations to improve the graduate student experience.

2018-2019 Academic Year

Spring 2019 Advocates & Influencers Forum

advocates_apr_2019_1.jpgThe Advocates and Influencers Spring Forum took place on April 1 where Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt provided updates on the Accountability Process. An overview of the revitalization of the Principles of Community since Fall 2018 was shared with the survey results where participants across campus responded to the following questions:



  1. What resonates/seems most important to you?
  2. What would you modify?

Shifting the focus to next steps, attendees were asked to work at their tables to respond to the following questions:

  1. What are some roadblocks in upholding (instituting/practicing) the Principles of Community at UC San Diego?
  2. Discuss 1-2 concrete action steps to promote/market the Principles of Community:

a. Campus-wide
b. In your unit


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.

2017-2018 Academic Year

Spring 2018 Advocates & Influencers Forum

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 tablesOn May 2, 2018 Advocates and Influencers 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 Strategic Plan Forums

We held forums and focus groups at UC San Diego Health Sciences and Scripps Institution of Oceanography and will continue outreach and engagement across campus. 


 Winter 2018 Advocates and Influencers Forums

People looking at posters

We met with Advocates and Influencers again for a second time in this process on January 30, 2018. 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. 


 Fall 2017 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.

2017 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 to inform the first draft of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Through our collective genius, we can build a comprehensive strategic roadmap to guide UC San Diego into the future.

2017 Focus Groups and Forums

Fall 2017 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. Together, our collective genius can build a better pathway for UC San Diego. 


Fall 2017 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. 


Fall 2017 Associated Students (AS) Senate Meeting

AS Senate meeting October 4, 2017

Undergraduates are the future of UC San Diego’s legacy. We want to 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, and will continue to engage with future student leaders.


 Summer 2017 Advocates & Influencers Forums

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?