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Image of a mural with two multicolored hands, with a light blue color overlay on the right, including a branding element of UC San Diego shaped as a trident.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.

GPS EDI Fellows

Our 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.

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Changemaker Campus

Our campus was recognized as a "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka U. 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.

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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.



Reporting Incidents

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

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

Staff – report to Meredith D'Angelo, Chris Jones, and/or Ruthie Pyles, Assistant Deans

Faculty – report to Caroline Freund, Dean

Individuals can also directly contact the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), which works to resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment through formal investigation or alternative resolution. In some cases, concerns submitted to GPS faculty or staff may be referred to OPHD for follow-up.

Read more diversity and inclusion stories → GPS News