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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 innovate 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.

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.

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.

LEAD Fellows

LEAD Fellows support and advance UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan goal of cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful, open dialogue and challenges itself to take bold actions to learning is accessible. Fellows receive extensive training to provide leadership and to promote diversity and excellence across campus. Assistant Dean Wendy Hunter Barker took part in the 8-month training program during the 2018-19 academic year and is working to implement programming at GPS based on her learning.

Featured Stories

Enhancing diversity for a better future
Dec. 21, 2018: In our second annual Public Service Weekend, undergraduate changemakers unite to craft twenty-first century policy

Honoring standout students
May 19, 2017: GPS celebrated its 2017 award winners with an intimate luncheon on May 12