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Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

The Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence is a collective framework for campus engagement, strategic action, assessment, and accountability to shape the future of UC San Diego. Inclusion is intentional and a diversity of voices is critical to our success at UC San Diego. Our vision is to create a learning and working environment where all feel welcomed and valued, which in turn leads to excellence in the classroom and workplace.

We believe all members of our campus community deserve respect and equal opportunity to thrive. That is why we met regularly with campus community members to get your input on shaping the future of diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego through the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. We remain committed to being transparent and proactive in inspiring campus-wide engagement with the Plan.

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Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Published in 2017, the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence represents a roadmap to shaping the future of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC San Diego.

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Executive Summary

The Executive Summary provides an overview of our collective commitment to academic and institutional excellence through the strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts outlined in the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.

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Strategic Plan Core Tenets

The Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence identifies core tenets central to achieving our vision for inclusive excellence. These core tenets are: Access and Success, Climate, and Accountability.

Access and Success: Attract, retain, and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body with the goal of reflecting California demographics and achieving institutional excellence at UC San Diego.

Climate: Create and foster a positive and welcoming climate where we value, include, and support all at UC San Diego.

Accountability: Ensure institutional accountability through processes and structures that strengthen UC San Diego's clear and continuous commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A Campus-Wide Effort

Drawing on the core tenet of Accountability, our office has held a series of meetings where leaders across campus present how their units, departments, and areas contribute to the core tenets of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Accountability reports and presentations are assessed by the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 

Strategic Accountability Process

The following slide deck provides a detailed summary of our updated Accountability Process. Changes reflected here include a more realistic reporting cycle from annual to every three years and the inclusion of academic department chairs in the process.

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Best Practices

The following Best Practices reports outline a variety of ongoing EDI efforts that were reported by campus leaders in the Strategic Accountability meetings. 

Best Practices Reports

Our EDI Best Practices reports, compiled from unit/divisional reports and presentations submitted for the UC San Diego Strategic Accountability meetings, summarize ongoing university-wide EDI efforts.

EDI Best Practices: Faculty, Staff, and Students

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Supporting Our Black Community at UC San Diego

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UC San Diego Initiatives Supporting HSI Status

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Download Supporting Our Black Community at UC San Diego.

Download UC San Diego Initiatives Supporting HSI Status.

Strategic Planning Toolkit

This strategic planning toolkit was developed by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to aid in the creation of individual strategic plans while affording each unit or division significant latitude to identify the goals and strategies best suited to them.

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Campus Community Engagement

Advocates and Influencers

Between 2017 and 2021, VC EDI convened the Advocates and Influencers group for a series of fora regarding campus efforts related to the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Advocates and Influencers are staff, students, and faculty who are already engaged in and working on climate initiatives across campus, including diversity and inclusion-specific initiatives. They have served as campus ambassadors supporting our communication and outreach efforts related to the Strategic Plan to increase involvement across campus. Forum attendees learned new leadership skills in equity, diversity, and inclusion and shared their involvement in their divisions and departments.


  • Spring 2020: Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt welcomed the following UC San Diego health experts to discuss COVID-19, Health Disparities, and Equity: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS; Daniel J. Calac, MD; Natalie Rodriguez, MD; Mario Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH; Alexander Norbash, MD, MS; Adriana Tremoulet, MD. This was the first of a series of fora for UC San Diego experts to share best practices, strategies, and reflections on the unprecedented health crisis.


  • Summer 2019: Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health, and Kama Guluma, MD, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM) discussed their efforts in medical student recruitment and retention, as part of a series highlighting our campus partners advancing EDI in their units.
  • Winter 2019: A meeting was held at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe with graduate student leadership to discuss critical areas and recommendations to improve the graduate student experience.


  • Spring 2019: Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt provided updates on the Accountability Process. An overview of the revitalization of the Principles of Community since Fall 2018 was shared with the survey results where participants across campus responded to questions about their opinions on the Principles of Community.
  • Summer 2018: Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt addressed campus leaders, sharing components of the accountability reporting process and the core tenets developed to guide our work in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion: access and success, climate, and accountability.


  • Spring 2018: Advocates and Influencers gathered to discuss the state of EDI in their units, learned more about the progress of the Strategic Plan, and saw a draft of our first-ever diversity report. The diversity report was designed to provide an overview of the current state of diversity at UC San Diego on topics including: Leadership in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Teaching and Research in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Women @ UC San Diego. Additional sections include: institutional support of equity, diversity, and inclusion; staff contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and future opportunities for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Download the 2020 EDI Best Practices Report.
  • Winter 2018: We met with Advocates and Influencers again for a second time in this process. The Vice Chancellor’s Office for EDI also gave an update on the Strategic Planning process and discussed the next steps for the Strategic Plan. We held fora and focus groups at UC San Diego Health Sciences and Scripps Institution of Oceanography as part of our efforts to increase outreach and engagement across campus.

IdeaWave Campaign

In 2018, our campus community gave us their input on the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence through our IdeaWave campaign. To learn more about the campaign, watch the video below:


Strategic Plan Development and Launch

Through our campus fora and strategic outreach, our community members contributed their collective genius to inform the first draft of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to guide UC San Diego into the future.

Fall 2017:

  • The Campus Launch was a call to action for each person at our university to recognize their role and responsibility in making UC San Diego an inclusive place where all have an equal opportunity to thrive.
  • Across respective Strategic Plan fora, we collaborated with faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students to ensure their perspectives, concerns, and needs were taken into consideration in the development of the Plan.

In the News

In 2019, UC San Diego Today published "Imagine What We Can Build Together," an article on the development and progress of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.

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