Types of diversity

The following is a list of types of diversity generated during the Diversity Statement workshop at UC Davis on November 2, 2012.
  • Gender
  • Class
  • Age
  • Language
  • Sexuality
  • Education level
  • Family education background
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Dis/ability
  • Political leanings
  • Socio-economic status
  • Life experiences/trajectory
  • Travel experience
  • Access to resources
  • Family life (e.g., children, parents)
  • Nationality
  • Military service
  • Jobs

Why are institutions asking for a diversity statement?

The following is a brainstormed list generated in response to this question during the Diversity Statement workshop.
  • To determine whether you are going to be the kind of colleague the department wants to have
  • Contributes to institution's diversity statement/standards
  • Institution has diverse campus (English language learners, low GPAs, 1st generation college students): are candidates able to appreciate diversity?
  • To increase diversity of department
  • Goes beyond statement of teaching philosophy: how are you able to handle difficult situations in the classroom?
  • Sensitivity analysis: assesses candidate's history of thought on global citizenship issues
  • Flooded job market - makes process lengthy

UC San Diego explains in detail why a diversity statement is requested:
All faculty candidates are asked to submit a personal contributions to diversity statement. Each candidate is evaluated on their past and/or planned contributions to diversity during the selection process, and the search committee chair submits an evaluation of each candidate on the short list prior to the interview process. These evaluations are reviewed in the recruit process by the Associate Vice Chancellor for //Faculty Equity//, the divisional Equity Advisor, and the office of //Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity// prior to submission to the divisional dean for his or her approval.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of UC's fundamental mission.

"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. The State of California has a compelling interest in making sure that people from all backgrounds perceive that access to the University is possible for talented students, staff, and faculty from all groups. The knowledge that the University of California is open to qualified students from all groups, and thus serves all parts of the community equitably, helps sustain the social fabric of the State."[1]

Diversity is essential to achieving academic excellence throughout the UC System.

"Diversity should also be integral to the University's achievement of excellence. Diversity can enhance the ability of the University to accomplish its academic mission. Diversity aims to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. Ideas, and practices based on those ideas, can be made richer by the process of being born and nurtured in a diverse community. The pluralistic university can model a process of proposing and testing ideas through respectful, civil communication. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership."[2]

Diversity, equity and inclusion are part of UC San Diego's mission.

"To foster the best possible working and learning environment, our university strives to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism, which is embodied in our campus Principles of Community. UC San Diego embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential ingredients of academic excellence in higher education."[3]

Increasing diversity can give us a leading edge towards academic excellence.

Demographic trends in the state are towards increasing diversity, yet UC and UCSD trends have not kept pace in our representation. Increasing diversity to better reflect the population of California is fundamental to our mission as a public institution and imperative to achieving our full potential.

We seek future faculty who have or will make substantial contributions to advancing this mission.

It is university policy that a candidate's race, gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics not be considered in evaluation or selection for faculty appointments. However, to attract candidates who will contribute to the university's commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, search committees may consider past or proposed contributions to diversity as part of the overall review process.

How is diversity relevant to teaching and research?

Here are some examples of how professors have included diversity components in the business, mathematics, biology, and engineering.