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 Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

9/5/2017: UCSD Statement: UC San Diego’s Commitment to Undocumented Members of Our Community


Today’s decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is distressing. At UC San Diego, our DACA students are pursuing their education in some of the most challenging degree programs, conducting research, performing community service and enhancing our campus community.

We are deeply troubled by today’s decision and stand in solidarity with the statement issued by University of California President Janet Napolitano: http://go.ucsd.edu/2xMnfDI

At UC San Diego, we are committed to the academic success of all of our students, including DACA students, and remaining an accessible university for higher education. The University of California and UC San Diego offer resources to those impacted by this policy decision, including UC San Diego’s Undocumented Student Services Center. We will continue to offer services to our undocumented students, including:
· Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
· Maintaining the DREAM loan program for financial aid;
· Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
· Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
· Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.

We support President Napolitano’s call upon Congress, and issue our own call, to act immediately to pass pending bipartisan legislation to permanently protect these young men and women.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Farrell Ackerman
Chair, Academic Senate

Peter Cowhey
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs

David A. Brenner
Vice Chancellor – Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine

Margaret Leinen
Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences
Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sandra Brown
Vice Chancellor – Research

Juan C. Gonzalez
Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs

Gary C. Matthews
Vice Chancellor – Resource Management and Planning

Pierre Ouillet

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


CAPS Diversity Efforts: History

CAPS has a strong history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. From its inception in the 1970s, the foundations of CAPS were built upon innovative forms of service delivery and training of professionals. Part of this nontraditional approach stemmed from the community-based, de-centralized composition of UCSD. Accordingly, CAPS was “decentralized” across the campus, with staff housed and linked to the college and campus communities. In theory, this meant that traditional barriers to services could be broken. In practice, this meant making a concerted effort to developing multiculturally responsive services and programs that would promote access to ALL students. CAPS continues to challenge itself to develop and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in its offerings, including clinical services, outreach, consultation, and research.

Current Events

Recent diveristy-related issues and events locally, nationally, and in the world have had an impact on our campus community. CAPS remains a committed presence on our campus to provide support for our students and community. With each situation that has affected our community, CAPS has been asked to provide immediate and long-term assistance to our communities through direct service, consultation, and outreach. We welcome these requests and view it as our (and our campus') mission for equity and inclusion. Below is a list of our current Diversity Efforts:

CAPS Diversity Efforts

ForumsAsian American Community ForumDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to Asian American students.
First Generation College Student ForumDrop-in Forum to for first generation students.
Forum for Undocumented StudentsDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to undocumented students.
Black Women's CollectiveDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to African American women students.
Campus Black ForumDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to African American students.
Graduate Students of Color ForumDrop-in Forum to discuss issues for graduate students of color.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering ForumForum to discuss issues pertinent to graduate women in the sciences.
Women's Relationship Forum (for Lesbian, Bisexual, & Queer Women)Drop-in Forum for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women.
Latina/o & Chicana/oForumDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to Latina/o and Chicana/o students.
Outside the Box ForumDrop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to multi-ethnic and multi-racial students.
Groups & WorkshopsADHD Support GroupSupport group that addresses attention-deficit issues.
Coming Out GroupSupport group that addresses coming-out and sexual identity issues
Gay Men's Relationship GroupSupport group for men to address relationship issues.
Goals in Action WorkshopWorkshop to promote academic success strategies. Attendees are often from first generation populations.
International Summit WorkshopWorkshop to build skills and strategies often faced by international graduate students.
Steps to Success WorkshopWorkshop to build skills and strategies often faced by international undergraduate students
OutreachDiversity TrainingMultiple trainings on diversity and multiculturalism for student leaders.
Summer BridgeCollege Success Strategies course taught by CAPS staff; Academic Transition Counselor supervision by CAPS staff.
Conference ParticipationPresentations at student conferences on multicultural topics.
ConsulationAllies CommitteeStudent Affairs diversity workgroup.
Campus Diversity-Based and EDI ComitteesMembership in multiple high level campus diversity committees.
Consultation to Campus Community CentersCAPS liaison and ongoing consultation with Campus Community Centers (LGBT Resource Center, Women's Center, Cross Cultural Center, Raza Resource Centro, Black Student Resource Center).
ResearchPublications by CAPS StaffOf the 34 publications by CAPS staff, one third (12) relate multiculturalism and working with non-traditional populations.
Diversity ResearchCAPS is engaging in multiple diversity-based research projects, including retention studies, risk rates in students of color, and impact of diversity-based outreach.
TrainingPost-Doctoral Fellowship ProgramAPPIC-approved Post-Doc program emphasizes training on multicultural competencies and social justice.
Diversity Training for CASP StaffOngoing continuing education and in-service trainings for staff on multicultural competence.