Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update

It is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2012 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity. These awards honor faculty, staff, students, and programs that have made outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion at UCSC. 
The 2012 recipients are:

  • Gregory S. Gilbert, professor of environmental studies
  • Steve McKay, associate professor of sociology
  • Malika Bell, staff director of STEM diversity programs
  • Sharon Hibdon, staff research associate in physical & biological sciences
  • Sophia Petraki, undergraduate student in molecular, cell and developmental biology
  • Student Initiated Outreach, student organization

Chancellor Blumenthal will recognize the recipients for their individual achievements at an awards luncheon later this quarter. I want to thank all the recipients for being role models as we work to create a more diverse and inclusive campus.

 UCSC’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, which has been open to staff employees for the first two years, will also be open to faculty beginning in 2012-2013. This eight-course certificate program is an opportunity for professional development on diversity and inclusion issues. It is designed to offer participants an examination on the many differences that exist in our community, and to gain a greater understanding of how we can work together to build a stronger community on campus. Staff and faculty interested in participating in this program can contact ODEI at

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about two campus events happening in May. The Ninth Annual César Chávez Convocation is on May16th at 7:00 pm in the College Nine and College Ten Multipurpose Room. This year’s convocation is held in collaboration with Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the convocation speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winning journalist José Antonio Vargas.

 On May 23rd at 4:00 pm in the College Nine and College Ten Multipurpose Room, Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, professor at UCLA, will be speaking on the historical and contemporary significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday in his talk: “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.”

Don’t miss out on these great events!

As always, you can contact the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at