University of California, San Diego


January 7, 2008


SUBJECT:    Appointment of New Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sandra Daley as the University's new Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Currently, Dr. Daley is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships and Professor of Pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Daley, who will begin in her new post on Jan. 10, 2008, will succeed Dr. Jorge Huerta, Professor of Theatre. Dr. Huerta will return to the classroom after having completed a three-year appointment as Associate Chancellor and CDO.

In this important leadership position, Dr. Daley will serve as a liaison for the Chancellor to the campus faculty, staff and students on various diversity efforts and issues. She will be responsible for coordinating our efforts university-wide to enhance UC San Diego's overall commitment and implementation of diversity throughout the campus. Given Dr. Daley's impressive track record in outreach and building relationships in community settings, I also expect her to play an important role in communicating and increasing collaborative efforts with a variety of community-based constituencies.

Dr. Daley, who received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine and did her training in pediatrics here, has played an active role in recruiting Latino/a and African-American students and faculty to UCSD. As assistant dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships since 1995 and a member of the School of Medicine faculty since 1990, Daley has crafted and implemented a number of academic enrichment programs aimed at helping disadvantaged middle, high school, community college and undergraduate students pursue health and science careers. In School of Medicine programs such as the Hispanic Center of Excellence, Dr. Daley has worked to retain and recruit students and faculty from underrepresented Hispanic ethnic groups.

Under Dr. Daley's leadership, university-community partnerships have evolved into major initiatives at UCSD's School of Medicine. UCSD was the first school of medicine in the nation to receive a Community Outreach Partnership Center award from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The UCSD School of Medicine has also established the San Diego EXPORT Center, a major initiative funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which focuses on research, education and training of students, faculty and community-based health care providers on minority health issues.

Dr. Daley also practiced in a community clinic in San Diego for more than thirteen years and taught pediatric residents at a Tijuana hospital.

At the School of Medicine, Dr. Daley has played a pivotal role in the leadership and expansion of a new program-Medical Education-Health Equity (PRIME-HEq) designed to increase the number of clinicians, research scientists, and advocates to address minority health and health disparities. As an educator and a physician, Dr. Daley has a comprehensive and intimate understanding of the changing demographics of our population and how these demographic trends impact medical practice and how we train physicians. This expertise will facilitate her ability to develop innovative strategies for enhancing diversity at UCSD.

With Dr. Daley as our new Chief Diversity Officer, we will ensure that diversity is at the forefront of all discourse surrounding the university and its goals. Her efforts will build on the exceptional successes of Dr. Huerta, UCSD's first Associate Chancellor and CDO.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Daley as Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer and in thanking Dr. Huerta for his many contributions to diversity at UCSD.

Marye Anne Fox