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Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion are defining features of the school, UC San Diego and the entire University of California system. They are critical elements to a productive and innovative environment, and we embrace them all as sources of strength.

Our differences — of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance our ability to achieve our core mission of public service, teaching and research. We welcome faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds and want everyone to feel respected and valued.

UC San Diego has many resources that support the recruitment and retention of historically underserved populations, deepen understanding and challenge misconceptions surrounding diversity, and develop proactive leaders who advocate for inclusion. GPS is proud to be a part of many of these initiatives.


UC San Diego Principles of Community

UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Faculty Equity @ UC San Diego

University of California Board of Regents diversity statement

GPS Diversity Dialogues

GPS Diversity Dialogues is a new program designed to foster conversation about important issues in equity and diversity on campus.  Mixed small group cohorts comprised of faculty, students and staff are assembled.  These cohorts are maintained all year – meeting for an hour once in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters – allowing people to get to know each other better and both learn about and discuss equity issues that affect us all.

GPS EDI Fellows

The inaugural cohort were selected in 2020 from a competitive pool of applicants by the faculty and staff serving on the EDI Committee based on a number of criteria, including their demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and diversity. These fellows serve as a bridge between the student body and the faculty and staff. They spend their time assisting the school in advancing strategic EDI activities and initiatives, as well as working on a project of their choice.

Public Service Weekend

Designed to introduce underrepresented students to the wide array of career and educational opportunities open them while pursuing public service endeavors, GPS partners with the Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) to offer a Public Service Weekend each year. The tradition started in 2017, and we are pleased to see the weekend grow each year. This year’s offering is focused on changemaking, Leading from the Front – Understanding your role in changemaking.

Changemaking at UC San Diego

Making positive change is part of the DNA at UC San Diego. That's why the campus was recognized as a "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka U as a leader in social innovation and changemaking. We equip our students to become the next generation of global leaders, channeling their passions to spark positive change in a wide range of disciplines.

Today, UC San Diego and GPS are tackling big ideas that will help solve some of the world's most pressing problems including climate change, global security, global markets and more. GPS is a member of the campus Steering Committee on campus-wide initiatives, taking part in programming and contributing to the Changemaker Week each year.

Students Devoted to Inclusion

GPS students organize themselves around important issues of diversity, working to build a welcoming climate for all at the school. A full list of student groups can be found here, and below we call out two in particular:

The mission of QuIRPS is to foster community among queer and non-queer members of the School and raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world, as well as professional development for queer students and allies.

Women Going Global
The mission of Women Going Global is to increase awareness and the development of women in future leadership roles within international professional and academic realms. The group offers an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the greater San Diego community to exchange in discourse that promotes women’s issues on a global level.

Featured Stories

Building more in an inclusive space
May 27, 2021: The first cohort of GPS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Fellows reflects on the past year’s advancements and projects for the future

Ensuring diversity and inclusion
Feb. 25, 2020: New GPS Diversity Dialogues program aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations

Leading from the front
Oct. 31, 2019: In our third annual Public Service Weekend, non-tradition is celebrated as students explore their role in changemaking and paving the path forward

Reporting Incidents

At GPS, we provide on-going training to faculty and staff on ways to create an inclusive and positive learning environment for our entire GPS community. However, if you have experienced a microaggression or incident of bias, we want to know.

Students – report to Nancy Gilson, Director of Degree Programs or Gordon McCord, Associate Dean

Staff – report to Meredith D'Angelo, Assistant Dean or Chris Jones, Assistant Dean

Faculty – report to Caroline Freund, Dean

If you’d feel more comfortable submitting an incident anonymously, you can do so here.

All reported incidents will be treated with discretion. They will be discussed first with the appropriate assistant/associate dean, and then the person identified in the incident. If you would like a follow up, please leave your email address.