Dear Bruin Community:
Welcome back and welcome to this new year. As we start anew, what is your purpose? What motivates you? Who inspires your journey? Purpose is personal — and collective, too. We don’t live, learn and thrive alone. Instead, our lives find meaning through those with whom we connect along the way. What we gain and what we lose happens among people and within communities.
UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) bears witness to the power of the collective in our interactions with the many students, staff, faculty, alumni and partners whom we serve. We know first-hand the power each person has to cause harm or to create possibility. Our focus this quarter is on helping UCLA harness the positive power of community.
Here are several of our new initiatives aimed at building connections and boosting inclusion. First, learn about the new EDI Education Series, which provides a shared educational experience for all employees. Imagine the transformational impact an empowered collective UCLA workforce has to advance a culture of inclusion and dignity. Second, we are celebrating seven Bruins who have earned the 2022 EDI Student Leadership Award for their contributions to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. We’re sponsoring several exciting events with other UCLA teams, including a February keynote lecture by United Nations Expert Member Gay McDougall, to provide opportunities for people to connect across shared interests. Finally, learn about the analysis of two new reports — the Final Report of the Academic Senate and Administration Joint Task Force on Investigatory and Judiciary Processes (PDF) and EDI’s Public Accountability Report 7.0 (PDF) — providing guidance on how to build better systems for addressing harms and misconduct at UCLA. These efforts and more are driven by our mission to ensure that every person is valued and treated with dignity. Serving this mission and helping fellow Bruins is our purpose.
Anna Spain Bradley
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Launch of the UCLA EDI Education Series for All Employees
UCLA has launched the EDI Education Series, a set of educational modules that will provide all employees with a common foundation for how to prevent discrimination and promote inclusion throughout UCLA.
Inaugural UCLA EDI Student Leadership Award
This fall, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launched its inaugural UCLA EDI Student Leadership Award, recognizing the contributions of individual UCLA students who have exhibited exceptional leadership in work that aligns with and contributes to the EDI mission. We are pleased to announce seven UCLA students as recipients of the 2022-2023 Award — all of whom made significant and positive contributions to the advancement of EDI at UCLA.
Black History Month Keynote Featuring United Nations Expert Member Gay McDougall
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presents a Black History Month keynote from Professor Gay McDougall, Expert Member on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, exploring “The United Nations’ Efforts on Racism in the Post-George Floyd World”. This event is open to all Bruins. RSVP for the keynote.
Final Report of the UCLA Senate and Administration Joint Task Force on Investigatory and Judiciary Processes
The UCLA Academic Senate and Administration Joint Task Force on Investigatory and Judiciary Processes (JTF-IJP) recently concluded its work and submitted its final report (PDF) to Academic Senate and Administrative leadership. A multi-phase UCLA effort, this task force was charged with identifying, inventorying and mapping all UCLA-based investigatory and judiciary processes with the ultimate goal of promoting non-discrimination and collegial conduct. Thank you to all who served on the Joint Task Force!
Public Accountability Report
EDI’s Public Accountability Report 7.0 (PDF) is now available. Since 2016, the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has produced an annual Public Accountability Report with aggregate data on reported incidents and investigations to promote transparency and institutional accountability.
UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) leads and advances strategies for enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion; protecting civil rights; and upholding dignity for all in our community. We welcome your input at WeListen@equity.ucla.edu.