Commitment to Diversity
At UC Riverside, we ask all applicants for academic and campus leadership positions to provide a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity” as part of their applications. We recognize that excellence is inextricably linked to the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student body. We define diversity very broadly and take seriously Regents Policy 4400, which states:
“The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history into the present. Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.”
In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.
A packet of information on faculty best practices in hiring and other useful resources are also available here from Academic Personnel: https://academicpersonnel.ucr.edu/recruitment-and-appointment#additional_resources.
A recording of a recent faculty hiring presentation by Mariam Lam to the Chancellor’s Advisory Committees is also available.