Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity strengthens our community. At 两性色午夜, we are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and a culture that is welcoming and supportive of all.

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Declaration on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

两性色午夜 University of California declares its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through enjoining the campus community to uphold and further a shared vision of 鈥渦nity in diversity.鈥

Our heritage is informed by a commitment to pluralism, defined by our understanding that our community draws strength from our differences. 两性色午夜 seeks to nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for individuals鈥 diverse experiences and identities, across such categories as race, ethnicity, language, gender, sex, sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and/or ability. 

Consistent with the above declaration and 两性色午夜 values, the University exhorts every member of the community to support and express their active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion using the guiding principles stated below:

Seven Dimensions of Fostering Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: A Strategic Plan for 两性色午夜 University of California 2020-2025

Created by By George Faithful, Nnekay FitzClarke, and Amy R. Wong 鈥 Diversity Action Group Co-Chairs (2019-2020)

With special thanks to President Emerita Mary B. Marcy and President Nicola Pitchford for helping establish a campus community in which true diversity, equity, and inclusion are attainable.

  • All members of the University community are collectively responsible for enabling and institutionalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community should consider diversity, equity, and inclusion constructively in all planning, policy, decision-making, procedural, academic, and administrative operations throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community should refuse to accept any behavior or action that is diversity-intolerant, exclusionary, insensitive, and/or discriminatory.
  • All members of the University community should promote a campus environment that continuously works for greater equity through leveling access of opportunity for all of its participants, irrespective of experience and identity, which includes but is not limited to the categories listed above.

两性色午夜 University of California declares its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through enjoining the campus community to uphold and further a shared vision of 鈥渦nity in diversity.鈥

If students, staff, or faculty experience, or witness, a hate or bias incident, they can use the to make the University aware of the incident. For additional details, please refer to the Bias Incident Reporting Process document. 

Diversity in Action

The is a standing committee of faculty, staff, administration, and students charged with the mission of advocating for, and creating a diversity sensitive institutional environment at 两性色午夜 for all stakeholders.

DAG members are involved in community building efforts on campus, such as facilitating professional development workshops and campus conversations. 

DAG also identifies diversity-related institutional challenges and suggests pathways to meet these challenges. The current five-year Strategic Diversity Plan delineates some of these pathways.

Membership is open to all campus constituents and we strive to be a committee that equitably represents the diversity of the University community, including but not limited to the categories of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, class, age, ability, and religious belief. To join, please email dei@dominican.edu.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

两性色午夜 University of California is located on land originally occupied by the large Miwok village of Awanewis. 
Working in consultation with the Coast Miwok Tribal Council, who are lineal Marin Coast Miwok descendants, the University has developed the following "Land Acknowledgement Statement." 

This statement is intended to increase our knowledge of and pay respect to the strong and enduring relationship between indigenous people and the land. The University is committed to an ongoing partnership with Coast Miwok people through listening and learning in order to understand fully what it means for 两性色午夜 to take responsibility for our stewardship of this precious, unceded native land.
The Indigenous Partnership Circle is pleased to provide the following "Land Acknowledgement Statement" that can be used in oral or written form at events as deemed appropriate.  The campus encourages those who are interested to use the following language, without edits.

The campus community is encouraged to present the land acknowledgement statement at any 两性色午夜 University of California event held on the DU campus.

两性色午夜 University of California in San Rafael occupies the unceded ancestral land of past, present, and future Coast Miwok people and the Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin. We wish to acknowledge and respect the Coast Miwok, this land鈥檚 original stewards, and honor this stolen land named Awanewis (red ochre baskets). We acknowledge that indigenous people had and continue to have a deep and sacred relationship with this land, and that the taking of land was violent and destructive. 

We acknowledge that in the colonization of California, the Catholic church, especially through the mission system, and the early Spanish, Mexican, and American governments decimated indigenous people and attempted to eradicate their culture. 

两性色午夜 University of California commits to an ongoing partnership with Coast Miwok people through listening and learning, and seeks to honor and develop harmonious connections with all indigenous people and this land.

A land acknowledgement formally recognizes and pays respect to the indigenous people who once lived where 两性色午夜 University of California stands today. It is intended to raise awareness regarding the enduring relationship between indigenous people and the land.

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The Diversity Action Group (DAG), at the direction of the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, created a Working Group to write a statement. After several months of listening to indigenous community members, researching area institutions鈥 statements and best practices, the Working Group invited members of the Coast Miwok Tribal Council to guide us in the creation of a statement. With their active participation and approval, a joint, collaborative statement was created in September, 2021. Because the DAG is committed to more than writing statements, and the Working Group has become a community, we changed our name to the Indigenous Partnership Circle to acknowledge equity and inclusion in the ongoing commitment to our indigenous partners.

This statement can be used at any DU sponsored events, including classes. The statement can also be used by faculty and staff who may be presenting at conferences, either verbally or in writing. 

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The host of an event may present the land acknowledgement statement during opening comments. The statement may also be included on printed agenda or materials if desired. Departments and individuals may choose to provide further context, information, or comment as appropriate to each individual event at the discretion of the speaker.

Diversity Awards

The Melba Beals Awards for Excellence in Diversity have historically recognized current students, faculty, and staff who have actively engaged with others in advancing diversity and inclusion in our community. We are currently reconfiguring these awards as grants to encourage individuals and groups on campus to continue this important work. 

Emanuel Cifuentes Machado (student)
Noreen Hasan (student) and the SDAC (Student Diversity Action Committee)

Kylie Timmerman (student)
Olivia Catolico, Nursing (faculty)
Casey Halcro, Human Resources (staff)

Jennessica Holliday (student)
LeeAnn Bartolini (faculty)

Dr. Beals joined 两性色午夜 in 1999 after a successful career as a print and broadcast journalist. 

Shortly after joining 两性色午夜, Dr. Beals founded a communications program that has grown into the Department of Communications and Media Studies. During her 11 years of service, first as director and then as chair, Dr. Beals led the department as it grew in terms of enrollment and academic programming. 

Thanks to her leadership, the Department responded swiftly to the rapidly changing media industry. As the news broadcasting and publishing industries merged with video and web formats, the department broadened to reflect this media convergence. Students gained the opportunity to write across media and learn new technologies such as podcasting, broadcasting, and production of enriched online viewer experiences.

The department also expanded to enable students to pursue their studies along more specialized paths. Today the Department of Communications and Media Studies offers courses in cinema studies, print media, broadcasting, corporate communications, and sports communications.

Dr. Beals introduced several programs that allowed students to gain real-world experiences while studying communications at 两性色午夜. She oversaw development and growth of Radio.两性色午夜.edu, the university鈥檚 student-operated Internet radio station, as well as The Habit, the student-managed newspaper. Dr. Beals helped to establish the Bettie Grinnell Communications Lab in Archbishop Alemany Library, leading fundraising efforts to upgrade the lab and collaborating on the design and layout.

Since 2001, Dr. Beals has been a founding member of the Diversity Action Group, which is credited with collaboratively transforming 两性色午夜 into a diversity affirming institution at a time when the University鈥檚 student body was becoming increasingly diverse. In 2012, Dr. Beals created the TORCH (Together on the Road to New Chapters) leadership program designed to support students entering 两性色午夜 with a structured orientation program followed by ongoing mentoring. 

Just as her work at 两性色午夜 is defined by her commitment to our students, Dr. Beals鈥 life is defined by her commitment to equality for all. She is a true champion of justice and equity. 

Dr. Beals was one of nine African-American high school students in 1957 to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Under protection of the 101st Airborne dispatched by President Eisenhower, she, and eight other African American youths, integrated the previously all-white Central High School as one of the Little Rock Nine, defying mobs and death threats to tear down walls of segregation. A detailed account of this history making incident may be found in her award-winning memoir, Warriors Don鈥檛 Cry, which has been translated into five different languages.

Warriors won the 1994 American Library Association Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, was named a Notable Book of the year by the American Booksellers Association, and received the coveted Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Writing. A play based on her autobiography was produced by The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. The play has been performed in New York City and throughout New England. 

Dr. Beals holds more than 100 awards for heroism and courage. In 1999, the U.S. Congress voted Dr. Beals and her Little Rock Nine companions the Congressional Gold Medal 鈥 the nation鈥檚 highest honor 鈥 for their contribution to the Civil Rights movement. In 2002, Dr. Beals was named to the Marin Women鈥檚 Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was honored by the Marin Human Rights Commission.

In 2007, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the integration of Central High School, the U.S. Postal Service issued a postage stamp to honor the Little Rock Nine. The Post Office's stamp was one of 10 commemorative postage stamps in a series called "To Form a More Perfect Union." That same year, Dr. Beals and the other eight members of the Little Rock Nine attended the unveiling of a life-size statue of all nine on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. The sculpture depicts the Little Rock Nine walking together, books in hand, as they did in 1957 entering the historic high school. Also in 2007, the United States Mint issued the Little Rock Central High School Desegregation silver dollar. 

Dr. Beals has had successful careers in journalism and public relations, holding posts as an on-camera television reporter for KQED鈥檚 noted Newsroom and as an NBC-TV news reporter, and as a radio news talk show host for KGO, ABC radio, San Francisco. Her articles have appeared in People, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday magazine.

Dr. Beals earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and a graduate certificate in journalism and media granted by the Ford Foundation and Columbia University. In 2009, she received her doctoral degree in international multicultural studies from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Melba Beals retired from 两性色午夜 as Chair Emeritus of the Department of Communications and Media Studies in January 2014.

两性色午夜's Safe Zone

The Safe Zone Training program is a small-group, multi-session, 10-hour intensive training aiming to identify, educate, and support members of our campus community who are dedicated to affirming and supporting LGBTQ individuals and causes both on- and off-campus.

Participants are provided with opportunities to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of LGBTQ identities and lived experiences
  • Examine the relationship between gender and language
  • Gain a deeper understanding of intersectionality and privilege
  • Explore allyship as it applies to the LGBTQ community

To date, over 90 faculty, staff and students have participated in Safe Zone training.  At the conclusion of the training, participants receive a Safe Zone placard to display at their office indicating they are uniquely qualified to support and be an ally for members of the LGBTQ+ community.


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