University of California, San Diego

November 20, 1996
SUBJECT: Diversity Education Program "Principles of Community" (In Draft)
UCSD's Diversity Education Program is a collaborative effort, sponsored by the Human Resources Department, co-sponsored by the divisions of Staff Education and
Development and Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, and endorsed by the Chancellor's Council and the UCSD Diversity Education Leadership Team. In the effort to expand cultural awareness and appreciation among members of the UCSD community, this campuswide initiative has been implemented through the collaborative work of UCSD's leadership and staff, and continues to be delivered
to the UCSD campus. The goals of UCSD's Diversity Education Program are to:
- build "Champions of Diversity" among UCSD's Leadership;
- build the capacity of UCSD to provide ongoing diversity education across
the campus, at the awareness level and beyond;
- create a process for providing cultural competence information to faculty
who are also administrators; and,
- build into the UCSD infrastructure a system of incentives, rewards, and
standards to support culturally competent behavioral norms and organizational cultural change.
The Diversity Education Leadership Team is comprised of Vice Chancellors and Department Directors from across vice chancellorial areas who have assumed the responsibility to offer their knowledge, guidance, and support to the program. Among other things, the Leadership Team has identified the need to create a document reflective of UCSD's diversity principles and goals as a key step toward communicating UCSD's values for diversity. The purpose of this document is to affirm and acknowledge the unique contributions of all members of the UCSD
community, and to identify the principles and values that support all individuals who contribute to the University. This statement of UCSD's values and expectations entitled, "Principles of Community," was developed by a subcommittee of members appointed from the Diversity Education Leadership Team and the Diversity Education Training Team, a group of selected UCSD employees who are responsible for providing diversity education to UCSD staff. The draft version of UCSD's "Principles of Community" has been endorsed by members of the
Leadership Team, the Training Team, and certain representatives of the Academic Senate, who serve on the Diversity Education Faculty Committee.
To ensure that employees have an opportunity to assess the "Principles of 
Community" in draft and provide comments, a review period is being offered to the UCSD community. The attached draft version of the "Principles of Community"
is being provided to you for your consultation. The comments received during this review will assist us in shaping the final version of this document. Because the "Principles of Community" is a vital component of support to UCSD's diversity, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.
The review period will end on Friday, January 3, 1997. Please send your comments to Rosemarie Mirano, Staff Education and Development, via electronic mail at rmirano@ucsd.edu or by campus mail at 0922.
Robert C. Dynes
The University of California, San Diego is dedicated to learning, teaching, and serving the needs of society through education, research, and patient care. Our
international reputation for excellence in these areas is due in large part to the cooperative and entrepreneurial nature of the UCSD community. UCSD faculty,
staff, and students are encouraged to be creative and are rewarded for individual as well as collaborative achievements.
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UCSD strives to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and the utmost professionalism. These principles of community are vital to the long-term success of the university and the well-being of its constituents. UCSD faculty, staff, and students are expected to acknowledge and practice these basic principles as individuals and in groups.
- We value each member of the UCSD community for his or her individual
unique talents, and applaud all innovative efforts to enhance the quality of campus life. We recognize that each individual effort is vital to achieving the goals of the university.
- We value the cultural diversity of UCSD and realize that it enriches
lives. We celebrate this diversity and support culturally competent working relationships.
- We are an open, flexible university that routinely adapts to cultural
differences among the faculty, staff, students, and community.
- We affirm each individual's inherent right to dignity and strive to
maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other.
- We acknowledge that our society carries with it historical and divisive
misunderstandings and biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and religious or political beliefs. We seek to foster mutual understanding and tolerance between individuals and groups. We promote awareness through education and encourage constructive strategies for resolving conflict.
- We confront, reject, and will appropriately respond to acts of
discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and religious or political beliefs.
- We affirm the right of freedom of expression at UCSD. We promote open
expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.
- We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency
toward all. We are committed to creating and maintaining a community where all people can work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of abusive or demeaning treatment.
- We are devoted to serving the public and we encourage members of the
campus community to participate in public service activities in their own communities.
- We support the establishment of programs and initiatives that contribute
to the fulfillment of these principles.
By working together with mutual respect, awareness, and open communication, we as members of the UCSD community can sustain the excellence of our institution and push ourselves beyond established boundaries. We represent diverse races, creeds, cultures, and social affiliations coming together for the good of the university and those communities we serve.