Why Does UC Davis Seek Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Applicants?

Why Does UC Davis Seek Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Applicants?

The student population of the University of California, Davis reflects the rich diversity of California, the nation, and the world. As a premier public and land grant institution, UC Davis is deeply committed to hiring leaders and faculty who mirror and honor the diversity of these students. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of openness of expression with opportunities for exploration, pathways to academic success, personal mentoring and outreach, and social experiences that bind people of all ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, languages, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, and countries of origin and citizenship. We accomplish this in large measure through our faculty, who are chosen for being among the most outstanding in their discipline worldwide.

UC Davis Academic Affairs is dedicated to providing equitable opportunities to all future and current academic appointees at UC Davis, including those belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including women, ethnic minorities, differently-abled, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and others. Toward this end, Academic Affairs has developed programs, policies, and practices that promote inclusive hiring, supportive academic environments, and work-life balance. We have also developed tools to monitor equity, resources for faculty on the merit and promotion system, and proactive retention efforts to build our diverse academic community.  We also provide a number of development programs to help inform academic appointees of these opportunities and resources.

We invite and welcome you to explore more about our commitments to diversity and inclusion at UC Davis at our Academic Affairs webpage.

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Our UC Davis policies and beliefs on diversity are mirrored by those of the University of California’s Academic Senate, Board of Regents, and UC President, which states the following in Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement:

"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.”