UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. As stated by Executive Vice Chancellor Suresh Subramani; "Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the University of California’s fundamental mission and are integral to UCSD’s achievement of academic excellence. We value diversity not only because it reflects fair and equal access to opportunities, but because it enriches the University’s educational environment, is a catalyst for innovation, and is essential for economic growth."
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The academic excellence of the University of California at San Diego depends on the quality of our faculty and academic staff. Recruitment and selection are among the most important investments we make in the future of the University. The Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OADEO) works with departments in their recruitment efforts to ensure compliance as a federal government contractor, and help fulfill UC's mission of academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness.
The UCSD Academic Personnel Manual PPM 230-6 governing the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Program sets forth the policy, responsibility, application and procedures related to faculty recruitment at UCSD. It states:
It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal law and University policies.
In addition, it is the policy of the University to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a State and Federal contractor, for underutilized minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for Vietnam-era veterans and special disabled veterans. The University commits itself to apply every good faith effort to achieve prompt and full utilization of minorities and women in all segments of its workforce where deficiencies exist. These efforts conform to all current legal and regulatory requirements, and are consistent with University standards of quality and excellence.
As a federal contractor, UCSD is subject to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) jurisdiction. For the purposes of hiring, it is necessary for everyone involved in the recruitment, selection, and hiring process to be informed about and know the distinction between Federal Affirmative Action requirements and California Proposition 209.
Affirmative Action is a policy originally promulgated from Federal Executive Order 11246 that calls for Nondiscrimination in Government Employment, which includes government contractors and subcontractors.
Affirmative Action relates to the RECRUITMENT phase of the search and appointment process. To meet Affirmative Action Requirements:
Proposition 209 is a California State Law implemented in 1997 that states that no preferential treatment can be given during the hiring process based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
Proposition 209 relates primarily to the SELECTION phase of the search and appointment process. To meet Proposition 209 requirements:
First, campuses, schools and departments may engage in comprehensive networking and advertising for faculty appointments to ensure that candidates of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are included in faculty recruitment efforts. Inclusive searches should include contacts with minority-serving colleges, academic organizations, and professional groups as a component of general recruitment procedures.
Second, although the University may not consider an individual’s race, ethnicity or gender as a component in selection for a faculty appointment, campuses, schools and departments may identify the academic values that support a diverse learning environment and consider whether candidates have a demonstrated commitment to fostering those academic values. For example, in hiring a faculty member, a department may consider whether a candidate’s record of teaching, research or service will contribute to the diversity of the campus. A search committee may consider a candidate’s demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students through teaching or mentoring activities. A campus may design a curricular or research program to address issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, and multiculturalism, and recruit candidates with research interests in those areas.
Thirdly, in addition to the strategies described above, there are a few limited exceptions to Proposition 209 that allow the University to consider one or more Proposition 209 criteria in its academic programs. The “federal funding exception” states that Proposition 209 does not prohibit actions that must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program, where loss of eligibility would result in a loss of federal funds. Thus, some federal programs may bring the University’s activities outside the scope of Proposition 209. One example of this is the federal affirmative action regulations that require race- conscious data collection and analysis in order for the University to remain eligible for federal contracts.
UCSD adheres to the following policies and guidelines in an effort to ensure equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and non-harassment. These links will open in a new tab: