VCEDI Staff Member (henceforth VCEDI SM). [bolded notes are me]
Enforcement of Principles of Community?
VCEDI SM was not involved in development of the Principles of Community, it was developed through a series of conversations in early to mid nineties (possibly prior).
Ideas of what they would mean and do for the university
“The belief was that the principles should be a shared agreement about how people would conduct themselves, and how they would be in relationship with each other on the campus”
Written to be aspirational
How people should behave and how they should not
From VCEDI SM's understanding, the driver for the conversation was trying to get at the behaviours that were undermining the UCSD community
There’s no clear consequences of violating the Principles of Community, and many people feel like that diminishes the Principles of Community.
There’s no way to hold people account
There is a focus on accountability in 2002 plan.
Accountable to who?
“That was 2002, and VCEDI was created in 2012, there was a ten year gap where people codified the desire to hold people accountable, and there wasn’t anyone charged to do it”
There wasn’t a kind of reporting/accountability structure. Which is why the campus moved to the VCEDI model. People would say they’d do things and then would find out it wasn’t that easy to do.
Some people did the best they did and some people didn’t
This led to VCEDI
Watching many universities go through this process
There has to be an infrastructure in place
And knowledgeable people in place
To assess the campus
Find out where the challenges are
And then work collaboratively to find out what can be done and the metrics associated
Before you can begin to assess whether or not things are changing
Climate committee worked to tell the chancellor which ways to support the campus
To determine where the challenges were
And lwhat might be needed to address those challenges
Conducted in winter/spring of 2013
To get a baseline
Conducted by the office of the president
Why not the students?
Not in a formal way
What we will be doing is creating a campus diversity plan that will match with the campus strategic plan
Systematically address the issues of inclusion and diversity and equity and in that, in addressing those, we will begin to have an impact on climate
So, is campus climate the focus of VCEDI
One of the dimensions, but a lot of dimensions that contribute to campus climate
A lot of those dimensions are in the other Vice Chancellor’s areas
VCEDI tries to support them making the kind of changes they need to make
VCEDI will monitor the metrics to see if things are changing for the better
Why do you need to do a survey of 4000 students to find out students of color and trans/genderqueer students aren’t comfortable on the campus? What was the goal of the campus climate survey?
Put the information in a form where it became more accessible
VCEDI did a second level interrogation, they wanted to look like what were the most pressing issues for groups on our campus
Involved students & staff
Reports online with the main report
Used it to speak to specific groups
“tell us what this means”
Helped this unit (EDI) decide what they were going to do
First decided to work on more retractable student issues
Committed to creating the BRC and establishing RRC
Data showed what kinds of programming to include to address the concerns that students expressed
Also looked at staff data, to find out what in the climate was most pressing
Almost everyone having negative experiences it was related to bullying
Priority was student issues
New assistant VC for HR - having conversations with regards to staff
Building infrastructure of VCEDI so people can work on these problems
Too many people don’t think it takes much effort - why it didn’t get very far
There was a clear critique of the five college system. why did we then add another?
Establishment of colleges is an academic activity
“Who knows who participated in the decision to start the new colleges”
To the extent that the college system creates isolation/fragmentation, the philosophy was to create smaller units within this great big unit to make accessing resources
Bring students into a smaller unit
“The colleges are only as fragmented as people allow them to be”
In the time i’ve been here, students can live in other residence halls
Were definitions of diversity and community ever established?
No. It’s evolving.
“The minute you do describe it, it’ll change. so we have to look for some aspects that we can use to describe what we’re after that don’t change over time, hence the Principles of Community”
The only change is one that made it more inclusive so as to include gender identity
Does not inclusive undocumented as “that gets into an area of legislation slash belief that is squishy at best”
Function of the plan - how does vcedi function without a definition of diversity or community?
Since we don’t have the plan, we don’t have the link to the edi requirements
concerns around the course
Choice of instructor impacts the classroom
Having only one option, pass/no pass is purely the realm of the faculty - current faculty chair of the DEI requirements is David Guitterrez
Another person is Barbara Sawrey
Purpose of OPHD?
“The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) was created as a central, visible, and easily accessible campus-wide resource to resolve complaints; communicate University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and provide a variety of training programs. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are now required to complete online training that focuses on diversity education and behavioral expectations.”
Director paid: $181, 364.00 in 2014.
Education Specialist paid $104, 321.00 in 2014.
Complaint Resolution Officer 1 paid $84, 047 in 2014.
Originally OSHIP (Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention) focused almost exclusively
After Compton Cookout the decision was made to include discrimination
They are correct when they say there’s nothing their office can do about as their office doesn’t have the charge. their office’s responsibility is to determine the facts of what happened, and then to hand it off to the office that can do something about.
Their role is to investigate and provide information to the person/group who can use it to inform decisions about next steps
Much of what happens is “sneaky stuff”
In incidents where it is clear, where there is evidence
“How much energy are we going to expend on trying to control something that is outside of our control”
Why is there very little discussion of financial burden of college after 2000?
Disappeared in large part because people were figuring out how to get it done
The proportion of state money used for scholarships has decreased over the years
UCSD has had to figure out other ways
One of chancellor’s main jobs is fundraising
Current chancellor saw that using current available federal/state could put together packages for students that would be $10,000 short
Typically made up with parental contribution and working
Other schools were closing the gap
“A family of modest means just doesn’t have that money laying around”
Is now expanding outside of san diego
Agreement extends to students coming through the regular process, and also students in particular programs/locations
Members of federally recognized tribes
Relationships in LA and Bay Area that can be established
“The program is only limited by the amount of money he can raise”
Seems to often be a focus on cost of access/retention/yield work AND asking students of color to do the unpaid labor of yield/access/retention work for HUURS
“I don’t know, probably a question for student affairs. the students do valuable work, and they may be doing too much of the work. but given the law and the environment, people have to think of a different way to do it that would allow more staff to do it without breaking the law”
Vision is there, people have to figure it out
The university as a whole
Do you know if there’s anyone working on that?
I don’t know if there’s anyone working on that, it’s largely based on what we can do given the law. probably student affairs
Are faculty paid for their committee work?
For faculty it is presumed to be a part of their service
Faculty of color get the requests/assignments to do it more than their peers