New Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To: UCSC Faculty, Academic Employees, Staff and Students

From: Campus Diversity Officers Alison Galloway and Ashish Sahni

We are excited to announce the new Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This Office combines the compliance responsibilities of the former Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office and campus-wide diversity initiatives and programming led by Campus Diversity Officers Ashish Sahni (for staff and students) and Alison Galloway (for faculty).

The Office advances the University's teaching, research and service mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively with others throughout the institution to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is free of bias and harassment. Office initiatives and activities are designed to cultivate a climate in which all students, staff and faculty are treated fairly; are able to thrive and succeed; and everyone including current affiliates, alumni, supporters and community members is welcomed. In addition, Office staff members work to ensure that UC Santa Cruz is compliant with nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies and laws for staff and faculty, and all applicants and employees are afforded equal opportunity in employment.

Our Team:

Ashish Sahni

Assistant Chancellor/Chief of Staff

Campus Diversity Officer-Staff and Students

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

(831) 459-4380

Alison Galloway

Professor of Anthropology

Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Dean of University Extension

Campus Diversity Officer-Faculty

(831) 459-3223

Ciel Benedetto

Assistant Director, Equal Employment Opportunity

(831) 459-3676

Mykell Discipulo

Affirmative Action Specialist

(831) 459-2686

Joy L. Lei

Diversity Programs and Education Specialist

(831) 459-1758

Samantha Forde

Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

(831) 459-5087

Danielle Ditmars

Diversity Projects Analyst

Executive Assistant to Assistant Chancellor/Chief of Staff

(831) 459-2295

Visit the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's website at and contact the Office at (831) 459-1590 and