University of California Diversity Statement
RECOMMENDED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BY THE ACADEMIC SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Adopted by the Assembly of the Academic Senate May 10, 2006
Endorsed by the President of the University of California June 30, 2006
Adopted as Amended by the Assembly of the Academic Senate April 22, 2009
Endorsed as Amended by the President of the University of California August 17, 2010
The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state's history into the present. Diversity - a defining feature of California's past, present, and future - refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.
Because the core mission of the University of California is to serve the interests of the State of California, it must seek to achieve diversity among its student bodies and among its employees. The State of California has a compelling interest in making sure that people from all backgrounds perceive that access to the University is possible for talented students, staff, and faculty from all groups. The knowledge that the University of California is open to qualified students from all groups, and thus serves all parts of the community equitably, helps sustain the social fabric of the State.
Diversity should also be integral to the University's achievement of excellence. Diversity can enhance the ability of the University to accomplish its academic mission. Diversity aims to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. Ideas, and practices based on those ideas, can be made richer by the process of being born and nurtured in a diverse community. The pluralistic university can model a process of proposing and testing ideas through respectful, civil communication. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.
Therefore, the University of California renews its commitment to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity. The University particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.
Diversity Statement from UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef
"We in California are an increasingly diverse population in an increasingly shrinking world. Our curricula and the faces of our constituencies must inevitably reflect these changes. That is, increasing our diversity must be part and parcel of our pursuit of excellence. More specifically, if we are to make the best possible decisions in this new world, we must have diversity round the decision-making-tables, and if our world's decision makers are to wear the face of diversity, then the pipeline, our student population, must be diverse.
"To this end UC Davis reaffirms its commitment to providing equal employment opportunity, to meeting affirmative action goals and objectives, and to supporting the energetic pursuit of diversity in all its relevant actions and activities. But diversity at UC Davis cannot be only the look of the campus. It must also describe the feel of the campus. All members of our constituencies must be comfortable and accepted in the campus milieu, in its decision-making processes, indeed in all aspects of the day-to-day business of the campus. We must, all of us accept nothing less if we truly are to improve our quality at UC Davis."
Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef