Diversity and Inclusion Forum Feb. 3

Campus community will address UCR’s successes and areas that need improvement

Incoming freshmen ran a gauntlet of well-wishers welcoming them to UCR at Convocation 2015 last September.  Photo by Carrie Rosema

Incoming freshmen ran a gauntlet of well-wishers welcoming them to UCR at Convocation 2015 last September. Photo by Carrie Rosema

Diversity, civil rights and meaningful inclusion are at the forefront of national debates about campus life, and UCR is a recognized leader in these areas. How does UCR sustain its position as a national leader in advocating diversity as a means to academic excellence, multicultural understanding and professional competence? Where does the campus need to improve?

A panel of faculty, students, administrators and community leaders will discuss these questions in a forum on diversity and inclusion on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in HUB 367. Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include CHASS Dean Milagros Peña, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval, Middle Eastern Student Center Director Tina Aoun, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Jennifer Nájera, Graduate Student Association Vice President Edgar Tellez Foster, student Regent-designate Marcela Ramirez, and Jennifer Vaughn-Blakely from The Group, a grassroots advocacy organization.

Questions or comments may be emailed to the panel at townhall@ucr.edu.

The forum is presented by the search committee convened to recommend an internal candidate for the position of associate vice chancellor, diversity and inclusion. This position is crucial to providing strategic guidance to campus leadership and the entire campus in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students, and to ensure a healthy and respectful campus environment.

Members of the search committee are: Cindy Larive, divisional dean of physical sciences and mathematics in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, committee chair; Estella Acuna, director of Chicano Student Programs; Kai Buckner, interim staff employment manager; Nicholas Carrillo, undergraduate student representative; Isgouhi Kaloshian, professor of nematology; Barry Mishra, professor of accounting; Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy; Edgar Tellez Foster, graduate student representative; and Sharon Walker, professor of chemical and environmental engineering and associate dean for student academic affairs, Bourns College of Engineering.

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