Update on Diversity Efforts on Campus

To: UCSC Faculty, Academic Employees, and Staff

From: Campus Diversity Officers Alison Galloway and Ashish Sahni

Introducing Dr. Joy Lei

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joy Lei has joined UC Santa Cruz as the new Diversity Programs and Education Specialist in the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) office.

She is working with Ashish Sahni, the Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students.

Dr. Lei joins the campus from Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit education organization where she provided professional development and support to secondary education teachers around issues of difference and inclusion. Previously, she was an assistant professor of education at Vassar College in New York, where her research and teaching focus was on multicultural education, identity construction, and race relations in U.S. schools.

Given Dr. Lei's expertise in diversity and inclusion work, she will serve as your direct contact to work with you and/or your department/unit on programs, workshops, and discussions aimed at promoting diversity, retention, and inclusion at UCSC. Please contact Dr. Lei at (831) 459-1758 or jllei@ucsc.edu.

Upcoming Programs

Many UCSC staff started their campus careers in jobs different than the ones they currently hold. How did they do it? What did they need to know? The Career Pathways for Administrative Assistants Workshop series will answer these questions for administrative assistants who are considering other job options on campus or want to begin longer-range career planning. It is never too soon to think about your next career move! Topics covered include:

. The processes available for staff to move at UCSC, including networking strategies

. An individual career-assessment inventory

. An exploration of what types of campus jobs would best fit your skills, values, and interests

. Tips on successful interviewing

The six-week series will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. beginning May 13 (location TBA). To maximize the benefits of the workshop, attendance at all six sessions is required. The workshop is free, but please sign up by May 3, because space is limited to 20 participants.For questions and to register, please contact Joy Lei at (831) 459-1758 or jllei@ucsc.edu.

Promoting a diverse and inclusive campus community requires supporting our faculty on their paths to tenure. We are pleased to host Dr. Rick Reis from Stanford University, who will be facilitating a workshop for assistant professors entitled Traveling the Tenure Path While Smelling the Roses Along the Way. The workshop will take place Thursday, May 6, from 12-1:30pm in the Bay Tree Cervantes and Velasques Room. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Samantha Forde, faculty diversity and inclusion specialist, at (831) 459-5087 or forde@ucsc.edu.


Lastly, we would like to congratulate the Physical and Biological Sciences Division on the renewal of a grant from the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at the National Institutes of Health. This program funds mentored research experiences, with the aim of increasing the diversity of students pursuing doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and math. The grant will support nine graduate and 23 undergraduate students over the next four years.As always, you can write to us (or make an appointment) by sending a note to diversity@ucsc.edu. Please also let us know about any diversity-related events and initiatives that we can publicize in future communications.