Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Strategies and Tools for Department Chairs and Deans
UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dear Deans and Department Chairs:
For UCLA to succeed in attracting and retaining an excellent and diverse faculty, every department, school, and division must cultivate a climate of “inclusive excellence” — promoting opportunities for success and addressing sources of unfair treatment. In support of this goal, you are asked to participate in a new seminar for deans and chairs within the University of California, entitled, “Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Strategies and Tools for Department Chairs and Deans.” This program, sponsored by the UC Office of the President, will be presented on Thursday, April 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the California Room of the Faculty Center.
The program features a theatre performance developed by UCSD Theatre professor Emily Roxworthy that brings to life issues of subtle microaggressions and implicit bias occurring during a faculty meeting about a personnel case. Participants in the seminar will engage in group problem solving about issues depicted in the performance and develop ways to improve departmental climate. In addition to the theatre component, Daniel G. Solorzano, Associate Dean for Equity and Diversity, and Professor, Social Science & Comparative Education, UCLA will speak on microaggressions and their impact on departmental climate. Carole Goldberg, Vice Chancellor Academic Personnel, UCLA will address how contributions to diversity through research, teaching and service are valued in the advancement process.
I strongly encourage all deans and department chairs to participate in this innovative program which provides a unique forum for dialogue among colleagues on sensitive topics that impact our campus climate. For more information about the program and R.S.V.P. details, please refer to the attached announcement. We thank you for your ongoing effort to foster a climate of inclusive excellence at UCLA.
Scott L. Waugh