- Establishing a subcommittee on outreach to ensure greater coordination, communication and collaboration of independently run outreach programs on campus;
- Recruiting Renee Navarro as UCSF's first-ever director of academic diversity to work with leaders in the four schools and the Graduate Division to ensure that diversity objectives and strategies are implemented in a timely manner;
- Creating a computerized system to be used for conducting faculty searches, collecting demographic data and tracking careers;
- Appointing Talmadge King as chair of the Department of Medicine, which improves the diversity among senior leadership; and
- Implementing a communications program that includes creating a new unit within Public Affairs to cover diversity-related news and events and create a website.
Coordinating Outreach ActivitiesJoseph Castro, associate vice chancellor for Student Academic Affairs, is leading a subcommittee on outreach that is evaluating myriad campus outreach efforts aimed at boosting diversity. Eventually, the plan is to have a single office that coordinates these separate campus outreach activities. Moving toward a centralized approach to outreach efforts allows resources to be used more efficiently and eventually will allow for greater collaboration throughout the campus, in turn leading to greater diversity at every level of the University, Castro says. By building upon the expertise of individual programs, pooling resources and supporting the sharing of ideas, the efforts of each program will become more effective and the impact greater. A cohesive outreach group also will allow each of the professional schools to work together in bringing underrepresented groups into the pipeline at every level. One of Castro's first charges is to lead the subcommittee on outreach in evaluating current initiatives at each of the schools and the Graduate Division. A subcommittee report is due to the Washington, in his role as chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Academic Diversity, in spring of 2008. "The subcommittee on outreach will look campuswide at what our outreach activities are and how we can coordinate those activities to maximize our impact," says Navarro. "It will put a structure in place that will allow more people to have access to us and have access to opportunities within the University." In her newly appointed position, Navarro is implementing a faculty database to be used for informing faculty searches, among other uses. "We have developed a database of current faculty demographics, national availability data and applicant response data, and we'll be training our academic personnel managers and those that assist departmental chairs and search committees on how to use the data," says Navarro. "The database will allow us to better track the demographics of a particular department." The traveling ambassador program, the brainchild of Harvey Brody, who retired in June, will continue under Navarro. The traveling ambassador program supports representatives from UCSF to attend nationwide professional meetings in an effort to reach out to potentially qualified candidates and encourage them to apply for positions at UCSF.
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