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Join us for Leading Toward Equity on Wednesday, May 10

The Office of Workplace Inclusion & Belonging, in partnership with Internal Communications, is pleased to present the second in a series of unscripted conversations with UCOP leaders on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and our efforts toward becoming an anti-racist organization.

During these Leading Toward Equity conversations, our leaders will share unvarnished truths about their personal experiences with EDI, their journeys of learning in this space and how they are leading efforts to further EDI and anti-racism efforts at UCOP.

Leading Toward Equity conversations present a unique opportunity for UCOP staff to hear from our leaders while reflecting on our own experiences of discrimination, bias and privilege based on race, economic class or other dimensions. We encourage staff to attend with the mindset of engaging with colleagues to think through how we can commit to shared accountability, move toward becoming an anti-racist organization and strengthen a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion at UCOP.

This Leading Toward Equity conversation will feature Rachael Nava, executive vice president and chief operating officer and Paul Williams, associate vice president and chief procurement officer. Shirley Bittlingmeier, executive director, IT Client Services, Information Technology Services (ITS), will moderate.

During this virtual session, staff will be able to participate through the Zoom chat feature and by asking questions during the second half of the session.

Join us

What: Leading Toward Equity

When: May 10, 1 – 2 p.m. (PT)

Registration: Register online here

(Note: the session has changed to a virtual Zoom session due to business travel for one of our panelists.)

About our panelists

Shirley Bittlingmeier, Executive Director, IT Client Services Information Technology Services

Shirley Bittlingmeier is executive director, IT Client Services, Information Technology Services (ITS). She is an information technology professional with over 25 years in IT service and support operations. Shirley directs the end-user support, desktop engineering, telecommunications, IT asset and software consultation and records management functions. She also chairs the IT Operations Council, an information and feedback-sharing forum between the business and IT. Prior to UC, she worked in the biotech and internet service industries. Shirley has a bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University.

Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of California

Rachael Nava is executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of California. She oversees UC Operations at the Office of the President with responsibility for systemwide Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Operational Services, Strategy and Program Management, Community Safety, Workplace Belonging and Inclusion, and all business services within the Office of the President. Prior to joining UC, she worked in the health care and biotechnology sectors. Rachael is a third-generation UC alumna and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.

Paul Williams, Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, UC Systemwide Procurement



Paul Williams is associate vice president and chief procurement officer, UC Systemwide Procurement. In this role, Paul provides vision, direction and leadership to support UC’s supply chain mission and strategic objectives, which include a focus on sustainability and supplier diversity. Prior to joining UC, Paul developed more than 28 years of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain, and business-process improvement in the food, household goods and consumer products sectors. Paul has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Florida A&M University.



Missed the first Leading Toward Equity session?

The Feb. 15 session featured Pamela Brown, vice president of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP), and Van Williams, vice president of Information Technology Services and chief information officer for UC. The session was moderated by Andenet Emiru, director of external partnerships and projects at the Center for Data-driven Insights and Innovation.

Watch the recording here or read the summary in Link.

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