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Learn about — and apply to join — the UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force

In a June 16 message to UCOP staff, President Napolitano announced new actions to promote equity and counter racism at UCOP. Chief among these was the creation of a new UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force, led by Cheryl Lloyd, interim vice president of Systemwide Human Resources, and Chief Diversity Officer Yvette Gullatt, vice president for Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs and vice provost for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Task Force is charged with considering how best to help all UCOP locations embody our organizational values, as articulated in the UCOP’s Strategic Framework; in particular, our assertion that the Office of the President embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms, and that UCOP strives for a community that fosters an open, inclusive and productive environment where we respect the potential of all individuals to make a positive contribution.

The Task Force will facilitate discussions with employees in all divisions, at all locations, and at all organizational levels to solicit their perspectives. It will also examine existing data, including employee engagement survey results, pay equity studies and promotions data, existing policies and procedures and more. The Task Force co-chairs will provide preliminary findings to President Napolitano by July 31, and a final report with recommendations to the new UC President by Nov. 30, 2020.

Membership in the Anti-Racism Task Force

Task Force membership will comprise members from all UCOP Divisions, Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents, Academic Senate and all UCOP locations. All meetings will take place via Zoom. The nomination deadline is Monday, July 6.


  • Three Task Force members will be selected from employee self-nominations. To nominate yourself or a colleague, email
  • Division leaders will be asked to nominate up to five employees each, reflecting all classification levels (they may self-nominate).
  • The Academic Senate and Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents will be asked to nominate up to two employees each.
  • The Employee Engagement and Diversity Group (EEDG) will be asked to nominate one representative of the EEDG and up to three UCOP affinity group leaders.
  • The OP Staff Assembly will be asked to nominate one representative.
  • Organizational Consultant for UCOP Culture, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion Francesca Galarraga will staff the Task Force and its co-chairs, as will staff from Systemwide Human Resources and Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs.

2020 timeline and milestones

Date Milestone
Monday, June 29 President Napolitano’s final Town Hall; announcement of charge and process


Tuesday, June 30 Announcement in Link of Task Force charge and nomination process


Monday, July 6 Deadline to submit nominations 


Thursday, July 9 Invitations sent to Task Force members


Friday, July 31 Task Force co-chairs provide a progress update and any preliminary findings to President Napolitano


Friday, August 28 Task Force co-chairs progress update and any preliminary findings to the UC president and submit recommendations for the next phase of Task Force work


Monday, November 30 Task Force co-chairs submit final report to the UC president with recommendations

Look for more information about the Anti-Racism Task Force — including a new UCOP website — in future issues of Link. For questions, please contact

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