Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

1/30/2017: Message from UC Office of the President

January 30, 2017

Dear UC San Diego Campus Community:

The following University of California statement – signed by President Napolitano and all 10 UC Chancellors – expresses our commitment to supporting all members of the UC community.

President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (Jan. 29) issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.

We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.

President Janet Napolitano, University of California

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks, University of California, Berkeley
Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, University of California, Davis
Chancellor Howard Gillman, University of California, Irvine
Chancellor Gene Block, University of California, Los Angeles
Chancellor Dorothy Leland, University of California, Merced
Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, University of California, Riverside
Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, University of California, San Diego
Chancellor Sam Hawgood, University of California, San Francisco
Chancellor Henry T. Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara
Chancellor George R. Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Cruz


CAPS Diversity Efforts: History

CAPS has a strong history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. From its inception in the 1970s, the foundations of CAPS were built upon innovative forms of service delivery and training of professionals. Part of this nontraditional approach stemmed from the community-based, de-centralized composition of UCSD. Accordingly, CAPS was “decentralized” across the campus, with staff housed and linked to the college and campus communities. In theory, this meant that traditional barriers to services could be broken. In practice, this meant making a concerted effort to developing multiculturally responsive services and programs that would promote access to ALL students. CAPS continues to challenge itself to develop and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in its offerings, including clinical services, outreach, consultation, and research.

Current Events

Recent diveristy-related issues and events locally, nationally, and in the world have had an impact on our campus community. CAPS remains a committed presence on our campus to provide support for our students and community. With each situation that has affected our community, CAPS has been asked to provide immediate and long-term assistance to our communities through direct service, consultation, and outreach. We welcome these requests and view it as our (and our campus') mission for equity and inclusion. Below is a list of our current Diversity Efforts:

CAPS Diversity Efforts

Category Program Description
Forums Asian American Community Forum Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to Asian American students.
First Generation College Student Forum Drop-in Forum to for first generation students.
Forum for Undocumented Students Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to undocumented students.
Black Women's Collective Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to African American women students.
Campus Black Forum Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to African American students.
Graduate Students of Color Forum Drop-in Forum to discuss issues for graduate students of color.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Forum Forum to discuss issues pertinent to graduate women in the sciences.
Women's Relationship Forum (for Lesbian, Bisexual, & Queer Women) Drop-in Forum for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women.
Latina/o & Chicana/oForum Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to Latina/o and Chicana/o students.
Outside the Box Forum Drop-in Forum to discuss issues pertinent to multi-ethnic and multi-racial students.
Groups & Workshops ADHD Support Group Support group that addresses attention-deficit issues.
Coming Out Group Support group that addresses coming-out and sexual identity issues
Gay Men's Relationship Group Support group for men to address relationship issues.
Goals in Action Workshop Workshop to promote academic success strategies. Attendees are often from first generation populations.
International Summit Workshop Workshop to build skills and strategies often faced by international graduate students.
Steps to Success Workshop Workshop to build skills and strategies often faced by international undergraduate students
Outreach Diversity Training Multiple trainings on diversity and multiculturalism for student leaders.
Summer Bridge College Success Strategies course taught by CAPS staff; Academic Transition Counselor supervision by CAPS staff.
Conference Participation Presentations at student conferences on multicultural topics.
Consulation Allies Committee Student Affairs diversity workgroup.
Campus Diversity-Based and EDI Comittees Membership in multiple high level campus diversity committees.
Consultation to Campus Community Centers CAPS liaison and ongoing consultation with Campus Community Centers (LGBT Resource Center, Women's Center, Cross Cultural Center, Raza Resource Centro, Black Student Resource Center).
Research Publications by CAPS Staff Of the 34 publications by CAPS staff, one third (12) relate multiculturalism and working with non-traditional populations.
Diversity Research CAPS is engaging in multiple diversity-based research projects, including retention studies, risk rates in students of color, and impact of diversity-based outreach.
Training Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program APPIC-approved Post-Doc program emphasizes training on multicultural competencies and social justice.
Diversity Training for CASP Staff Ongoing continuing education and in-service trainings for staff on multicultural competence.