Search Advisory Committee for the Vice Chancellor - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

UC San Diego is one of the nation’s most accomplished research universities, widely acknowledged for its local, national, and global influence. With a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, this distinctive campus is a magnet for award winning faculty and a powerful catalyst for the advancement of knowledge.

Diversity is a defining feature of the State of California, and is a source of innovative ideas, creative accomplishments, and a variety of values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and life experiences including race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region and more. UC San Diego strives to reflect this diversity in its students, faculty and staff. Achieving such diversity is a high institutional priority, and is integral to our achievement of academic excellence.

The campus embraces diversity as providing educational, social, economic, political and ethical value for our university. It enriches the educational experience through interactions of students and faculty from multiple backgrounds and perspectives. It offers social participation and mutual understanding to campus constituents from all heritages, orientations, religious backgrounds, or other life circumstances. It provides equality of access and opportunity so that every segment of society can contribute to the campus climate and culture while benefiting from our economic future. Embracing faculty, students, and staff from all social sectors constitutes a moral obligation in a nation with a long history of unequal treatment of disadvantaged or neglected groups. For these reasons and more, UC San Diego must continue to strengthen its commitment to diversity.

Through the campus Principles of Community, we strive to create a climate of respect, fairness, cooperation and professionalism and to promote innovation and leadership by utilizing the talents and abilities of all. In so doing, a particular effort is made to identify and seek to overcome any barriers that hinder equal opportunity in employment and career advancement, particularly for those groups who historically have experienced discrimination in the area of employment.

The campus values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential ingredients of academic excellence. We seek an individual to join our leadership team who can help lead us effectively in productive collaborative partnerships with the community within and outside UC San Diego to catalyze change in this area.

UC San Diego, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.  Please direct nominations, inquiries and letters of interest (include CV and personal statement of contributions to diversity) to:

Michelle Bonoan
Billy Dexter
Tracie Smith

UC San Diego Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Search c/o

Heidrick & Struggles
11100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025  

The campus community may communicate directly with the search committee about any aspect of this important recruitment by sending email to

Position Responsibilities

The Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (VC-EDI) is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, and serves as the lead senior executive responsible for providing a holistic and integrated vision on all major equity, diversity and inclusion efforts at UC San Diego. The desired outcome of these efforts is to achieve a UC San Diego environment that is welcoming and supportive for students, faculty, and staff with personal experiences, values, and worldviews that build on differences of culture and circumstance including race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, language, abilities / disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic origin and more.  Additionally, the VC-EDI will help lead the institution effectively in productive collaborative partnerships with the community within and outside UC San Diego to catalyze change in this area.

UC San Diego created the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Vice Chancellor position in 2012 in order to coordinate, support, develop and transform a range of diversity programs and initiatives for the entire campus.  An organizational structure and team have been established, as well as a strategic plan and a foundation for programming.  The VC-EDI will assess strategy and continue to develop programs, relationships, metrics and results for the Office for EDI.  The VC-EDI is charged with assessing the effectiveness of all diversity and outreach programs and services on campus, and will be expected to lead UC San Diego to measurable improvements in organizational climate and recruitment / retention in a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

The Vice Chancellor must develop broad-based partnerships throughout the campus and with external constituents, such as multiple community groups, donors and the UC system.

In partnership with all campus units, the Office for EDI is responsible for addressing diversity across all areas of UC San Diego mission including outreach, recruitment, retention and climate.  The VC-EDI office has operational responsibility for a portfolio of current programs, new programs, initiatives, and services.  In collaboration with University Development the VC-EDI will lead fundraising activities to support and enhance these important initiatives.

Search Committee Membership

  • Professor Lihini Aluwihare (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Professor Patrick Anderson (Communication)
  • Professor Maria Rosario Araneta (School of Medicine)
  • Robby Boparai (Associated Students Representative)
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor Mae Brown (Admissions and Enrollment Services)
  • Robert Lee Brown (Brown Consulting/Community member)
  • Tavina Claiborne (Graduate Student Association Representative)
  • Professor Alison Coil (Physics)
  • Iris Delgado (Associated Students Representative)
  • Director Paula Doss (Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action)
  • Annie Flager (Staff Association Representative)
  • Vice Chancellor Margaret Leinen (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) Chair
  • German Octaviano (Student Affirmative Action Committee Representative)
  • Assistant Director Agustin Orozco (Office of Academic Support/Instructional Services)
  • Lynn Waterhouse, (Graduate Student Association Representative)
  • Professor Daniel Widener (History/Chair, Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity)
  • Provost Paul Yu (Revelle College)

Search Committee Charge

The Search Advisory Committee is charged with conducting a national search, identifying and presenting suitable candidates for interview by the Committee, and helping to develop a short list of diverse, qualified candidates who will be invited to visit the campus. Chancellor Khosla and I will solicit and consider input from everyone who participates in the selection process and will make the final determination about the successful candidate. Our goal is to appoint the new Vice Chancellor by January, 2015, thus the committee has been asked to make every effort to complete its work by the end of the fall quarter.

Search Process

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  1. Announcement
  2. Planning
  3. Recruiting
  4. Evaluation
  5. Selection
  6. Appointment
  • VC EDI search announced/ VC EDI Search Committee named and charged
  • Heidrick & Struggles has been selected to support the Search Committee
  • Search Committee and Heidrick and Struggles meet with campus constituency groups to listen to campus feedback.  Feedback incorporated into evaluation process
  • Search Start-up Meeting - Search Committee and Heidrick &Struggles meet to discuss search process
  • Search Committee and Heidrick & Struggles meet with campus constituency groups to listen to campus feedback. Feedback incorporated into evaluation process
  • Position advertisement and job description drafted and distributed
  • Requests for Nominations/Recommendations
  • Nominees and prospects are contacted, applications received and reviewed
  • Prospect Review Meeting - Search Committee discusses all candidates and selects leading candidates
  • Round-One Interviews - Search Committee interviews leading candidates
  • Reference and Background Checks
  • Search Committee recommends/selects candidates for additional interviews
  • Round-Two Interviews
  • Candidate Selection
  • Transition Considerations
  • Announce search completion and introduce hired candidate

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