Message from Vice Chancellor Anna Spain Bradley

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“My passion for this work comes from my human rights experience and is rooted in the foundational principle of dignity…that every person has inherent value and deserves to be treated as such.”

At UCLA, our people are our strength. We know that our mission to educate, research and serve is best achieved when our values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are upheld. As UCLA’s vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, I am committed to leading and advancing strategies for turning our EDI values into reality. My passion for this work comes from my human rights experience and is rooted in the foundational principle of dignity, embedded in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, that every person has inherent value and deserves to be treated as such. Translating EDI and dignity from principles into practice takes creativity, dedication and collaboration.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is here to help. I invite you to meet the dedicated people who work hard every day to advance our mission and serve students, staff, faculty and administrators in our campus, hospital and UCLA Health communities. We are one team on a common mission. We work to protect civil rights and investigate reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation. We advance educational tools, trainings and programs to inform and engage the UCLA community in our mission. We’re taking steps to center the vital contributions of so many Bruins through EDI Voices. We offer funding for student groups and other UCLA organizations and produce data-informed accountability mechanisms.

I invite you to join us on this mission. Equity, diversity and inclusion are everyone’s responsibility; we need your help and appreciate your support. We welcome your feedback by email at WeListen@equity.ucla.edu.

Thank you for being a part of what makes UCLA so special.

Sincerely,

Anna Spain Bradley
UCLA Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Priorities for Academic Year 2021-22

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PRIORITY: Strengthen Civil Rights Protections

With hate crimes and civil rights violations increasing in our world, nation and community, EDI is focused on strengthening protections for civil rights at UCLA. We are working, with UCLA partners, to implement recommendations of the Moreno Report Implementation Committee, and ensure compliance with federal and state law and applicable UC policy concerning protections under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations. Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley serves on the University of California Office of the President’s Anti-Discrimination Policy Working Group that is examining the University of California’s non-discrimination policies. EDI, in partnership with Student Affairs and the LGBTQ Campus Resource Center, is helping to lead the implementation of the UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy. Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley serves on the University of California Office of the President’s Anti-Discrimination Policy Working Group that is examining the University of California’s non-discrimination policies. Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley and Former Academic Senate Chair Shane White charged the creation of the Academic Senate and Administration Joint Task Force on Investigatory and Judiciary Processes, who’s work will help promote non-discrimination and collegial conduct at UCLA. Finally, we are developing a new educational certificate program to complement existing mandatory EDI trainings.

PRIORITY: Advance Diversity and Inclusion

UCLA is a vibrant and globally diverse community, with people from around the nation and the world who identify in ways that are intersectional, complex and beautiful. To support such diversity, EDI works with other UCLA offices to advance diversity in our student population, faculty hiring and overall community. Herein, inclusion – the value of having your identity understood, respected and valued – is key. This year, EDI has introduced new ways to share our diversity and build deeper inclusion: our EDI Voices initiative, featuring the stories of UCLA community members; EDI Programs to transform the principles of EDI into action; and EDI Toolkits that enrich and inform the campus on EDI topics and issues. We will be developing a central network for EDI leaders to stay connected throughout UCLA. The EDI Office is also proud to partner with the Academic Personnel Office’s Faculty Development Office on a UCOP grant addressing faculty climate, and support Advancing Faculty Diversity efforts with ECV/P Carter and Deans.

PRIORITY: Support Community Concerns

Our third key priority this year is to deepen support for communities that have been victims of racism, members of our community with disabilities, our LGBTQIA+ Bruins and members of UCLA staff and to work with these groups to identify opportunities for meaningful support.

PRIORITY: Provide Data-Informed Accountability

EDI produces data and public reports that help educate and inform our community, including the staff and academic Affirmative Action Reports, and EDI’s annual Public Accountability Report. Our EDI data dashboards and scorecards will continue to provide campus leaders with important data and information and our new Infographics Education Campaign will help to make campus EDI data more accessible to wider audiences.

PRIORITY: Enhance Communication

EDI continues to update our website to make it more user-friendly and accessible. By harnessing the power and reach of social media, we look forward to sharing  the important work happening on campus, and to lift up the voices of members from across our community. Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley will continue to issue quarterly VC-EDI Updates to the UCLA community as a part of our enhanced communication efforts.

Quarterly Updates and Statements

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Quarterly Updates

Statements by the VC-EDI