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UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force update: Video recording

Last Tuesday, March 21, all staff were invited to join UCOP leaders for an update on the work of the UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF).

Executive Sponsors Yvette Gullatt, vice president for Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs, vice provost for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and chief diversity officer of the University of California, and Cheryl Lloyd, vice president for Systemwide Human Resources and chief Human Resources officer, University of California, thanked ARTF volunteers and leaders and reiterated that the work of becoming an anti-racist organization is a marathon, requiring sustained, long-term dedication and focus.

Past and present ARTF implementation workstream leads provided an update on their work, including goals, accomplishments and next steps.

Watch the recording here (Box log in required)

Accomplishment summaries by workstream

Develop Diverse Talent and Acquisition
Represented by Nancy Chen Lane, senior director of Integrated Talent Management, UC Systemwide Human Resources
Completed a gap analysis on career development and staff promotion; UCOP Learning and Development implemented Manager Essentials at UCOP, a required training series for new UCOP managers and supervisors that includes a module on inclusive leadership.

Audit and Revise Policies and Procedures
Represented by Nancy Pluzdrak, executive director, UCOP Human Resources
Developed a process to review and update 18 local procedures for staff members to ensure that they are inclusive and equitable.

Leadership Cultural Competency Development
Represented by Cynthia Davalos, executive director of Student and Equity Affairs and deputy to the associate vice provost
Developed recommendations on a UCOP equity diversity and inclusion learning and development strategy; emphasized the need for divisional accountability on equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) and anti-racism.

EDI Integration
Represented by Annie Prozan, talent and organization development manager
Transitioned affinity groups to employee resource groups, held the first annual UCOP ERG Summit in December 2022 and created a draft EDI scorecard as a starting point for measuring ARTF progress.

EDI Data and Metrics
Represented by Jenna Allen, executive director and deputy to Vice President, IRAP
Working to establish a transparency dashboard featuring staff demographic data to ensure accountability and transparency for EDI and anti-racism at UCOP.

Following workstream presentations, Lalitha Sankaran, director of the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging, explained that the Leadership Cultural Competency Development, Develop Diverse Talent and Acquisition and Audit and Revise Policies and Procedures workstreams completed their exploratory work in December 2022. The EDI Integration workstream transitioned to the EDI Data and Metrics workstream to continue the work on a UCOP EDI Dashboard. Implementation work is being transitioned to functional owners within UCOP for execution.

Lalitha shared that as part of a critical next step of this work, the UCOP Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) and Anti-Racism Advisory Group is in the process of developing a unified EDI and anti-racism vision and mission for UCOP. This workgroup will identify priorities to be implemented by UCOP divisions.

The session ended with a live question and answer session with presenters and UCOP staff.

If you have additional questions about the ARTF implementation after watching the recording above, contact Lalitha Sankaran.



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