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First 2024 EDI Town Hall kicks off organization-wide goals

On Friday, Feb. 9, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Department held its first EDI Town Hall of 2024. Members of the UCOP EDI and Anti-Racism Advisory Group led the event, which was focused on the four UCOP-wide EDI goals in which all divisions, managers, supervisors and staff will participate. These goals are the first under the Unified EDI and Anti-Racism Framework, which was introduced during the July 2023 UCOP EDI and Anti-Racism Town Hall.

The initial four goals span key areas that aim to set a strong foundation for EDI and anti-racism efforts throughout UCOP. They are structured to increase leadership engagement and accountability in EDI work, equip managers and supervisors to make data-informed decisions to advance EDI efforts, and provide tools and resources for all staff to continuously learn about and practice anti-racist behaviors.

Meeting highlights

During the town hall, advisory group members shared:

  • Specific feedback from staff that informed the goals, including the importance of shared accountability, addressing UCOP’s structure, and consistent and continuous communication regarding progress measurement.
  • Expectations for a reflection and learning series for the President’s Advisory Group — aka PAG, the highest level of UCOP leadership — and continued support by UCOP senior leaders as employee resource group executive sponsors.
  • The creation of an organization-wide EDI Council, which will align EDI goals and strategies across divisions; provide departmental consultations; and enable cross-divisional learning by providing a reporting structure through which each division will share their progress and findings with the PAG, to allow for organizational benchmarking.
  • An EDI Dashboard that will provide demographic data on the UCOP workforce, including trends around hiring, career mobility and retention.
  • An anti-racism learning and reflection tool that all managers and supervisors will have the opportunity to be trained on. This tool will help to open lines of communication on EDI-related topics between managers and their employees. (EDI knowledge will not be “scored” as part of an employee’s performance evaluation.)

Resources and recordings

View and download EDI Town Hall materials (UCOP Box log in required):

Share your feedback

During the event, attendees were encouraged to share their questions, ideas and concerns. If you weren’t able to attend but would like to provide input, you can share your comments here or contact For questions about this event, contact

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