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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Council

Mission

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, with a focus on 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.

Charge

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 webpage.
  • Examine and provide advice on best practices in academia.

Past Action Subgroups

The Action Subgroups supported the monitoring of institutional progress with respect to diversity. Members were added to these subgroups as expertise with particular issues was needed.

Climate and Intergroup Relations – 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 and 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

Members

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

Name Title / Office

Becky Petitt

Co-Chair
Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Albert Pisano

Co-Chair
Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

Joe Fejeran Co-Chair, Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues

Keiara Auzenne

SIO Director of Diversity Initiatives

Joanna Boval

Executive Director, Office of Students with Disabilities

Melissa Williams

Director, Disability Counseling & Consulting

Crystal Wiley Cené

Health Representative; Chief Administrative Officer

Melina Merrie Remesha

Co-Chair, Committee on the Status of Women

Kate Antonovics

Council of Provosts Representative

Andrew Hua

Student Affairs Representative

Nancy Postero

Chair, Academic Senate

Michael Taffe

Chair, Committee for Diversity and Equity

To be determined

Council of Chairs Representative

Heather Dillon

Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs Representative

Adan Chavez

UC San Diego Alumni Association Representative

Giulia Corno

President, Graduate and Professional Student Association

Peter Wilborn

VP-EDI, Graduate and Professional Student Association

To be determined

Graduate Student-At-Large

Samia Hamnache

Staff Association Executive Board Representative

Carlos Martinez

Staff Association Member-At-Large

Davyda Johnson

BSA Representative, Staff Council

Sky Yang

President, Associated Students

Cristian Fuentes Hernandez

AVP-EDI, Associated Students

Frank Silva

Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff

Vanessa Haro

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

To be determined

SAAC Representative