This website provides additional resources to accompany the module, "Writing and Evaluating Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." The module offers tips and tools for writing and evaluating statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion for merit or promotional reviews.
While the lists of FAQs and resources are not exhaustive, they provide a strong foundation for deepening the conversation about how Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strengthen the merit and promotion process for both individuals and departments/programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should we recognize contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in evaluating dossiers for merits and promotions?
- UC Davis is first and foremost an institution of learning, teaching, research, and public service. As faculty at a public, land-grant institution, we have a responsibility to serve the residents of the state of California. It is essential to our mission as UC faculty to ensure equity and fairness in the classroom, in the lab, in the field, or any space where we supervise and inspire students and fellow scholars. DEI work is also important because it helps us strive toward inclusive excellence by valuing and engaging the university’s rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, and administrators, as explained in the 2017 UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision. Recognizing these contributions also helps to ensure equity and fairness in the personnel process by acknowledging work that might otherwise be “invisible” in the dossier. Most importantly, it is the university’s stated policy that we give this work “due recognition” in the personnel review process.
- What does the APM say about recognizing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in merits and promotions?
- APM 210-1-d states, “Contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity should be given due recognition in the academic personnel process, and they should be evaluated and credited in the same way as other faculty achievements. These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population, or research in a scholar’s area of expertise that highlights inequalities. Mentoring and advising of students and faculty members, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations, should be given due recognition in the teaching or service categories of the academic personnel process.”
- What is the University of California policy regarding diversity?
- UC Regents Policy 4400 states, “...Because the core mission of the University of California is to serve the interests of the State of California, it must seek to achieve diversity among its student bodies and among its employees....Therefore, the University of California renews its commitment to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity. The University particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.”
- What do UC Davis faculty think about the use of DEI statements?
- The majority of UC Davis faculty are in favor of including DEI statements in the dossier because they can help us align with APM-210-1-d to ensure that these contributions receive “due recognition” in the personnel process. While statements of contributions to DEI are voluntary, it is the University of California’s mandate that we recognize these contributions as integral to our roles as faculty.
- What guidelines does the Office of Academic Affairs provide for writing voluntary statements about contributions to DEI?
- Check out these guidelines and resources for writing and evaluating statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Resources Cited in the Module
- UC Davis Academic Personnel Manual 210-1-d
- Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement
- 2017 COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey Analysis: FACULTY DIVERSITY Custom Questions
- UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision 2017
- UC Davis Academic Affairs Guidelines for Writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Merits and Promotions
- Abigail J. Stewart and Virginia Valian, An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2018)
- Charlotte M. Canning and Richard J. Reddick, “In Defense of Diversity Statements” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 11, 2019, https://www.chronicle.com/article/in-defense-of-diversity-statements/?bc_nonce=ji89qfdul9ig1nmp4vhp8g&cid=reg_wall_signup
Additional DEI Resources
- UC Davis Principles of Community: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/principles-community
- UC Davis Academic Affairs Guidelines for Writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (for job applications): https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement
- Demystifying the Diversity Statement: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2018/01/25/how-write-effective-diversity-statement-job-candidate-opinion
- John Aubrey Douglass, “In the Beginning - Recalling the Legislation that Established the University of California,” Berkeley Blog, March 23, 2021 https://blogs.berkeley.edu/2021/03/23/in-the-beginning-recalling-the-legislation-that-establish-the-university-of-california/
Other UC Davis DEI Workshops
- Diversity Courses - Professional Development: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/diversity-courses
- Unit & Department Courses: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/unit-department-trainings
- Diversity Awareness Workshop: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/diversity-awareness-workshop
- Anti-Bullying Course: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/anti-bullying-training
- Living the Principles of Community: https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/course-catalog/hr-mgmt/poc
- Additional courses: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/more-trainings