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Leading Toward Equity: Glenda Humiston, Jorge Silva and Cathy O’Sullivan

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Department, in partnership with Internal Communications, is pleased to announce the first Leading Toward Equity event for 2024, which will take place via Zoom on June 7, from 1–2 p.m. (PT). The event will feature Glenda Humiston, vice president, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Jorge Silva, associate vice president, UCOP Communications. Cathy O’Sullivan, chief of staff for UC Operations, will moderate.

The Leading Toward Equity series presents unscripted conversations with UCOP leaders on EDI and our efforts toward becoming an anti-racist organization. The series’ central premise is that becoming an anti-racist organization is a journey that will take time and continual effort. No single group or office within UCOP is solely responsible for that journey or for advancing a culture of EDI at UCOP.

During these 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 our organization. It is a unique opportunity for 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 EDI throughout UCOP. Staff can engage directly with leaders by participating in the Zoom chat feature and asking questions during the second half of the session.

Join us

Our panelists

Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., vice president, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Glenda Humiston holding a snake

Glenda getting to know a California king snake at the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserve.

Jorge Silva, associate vice president for communications, UCOP

Jorge Silva and his daughter, Isabel, by the Eiffel Tower

Jorge and his daughter, Isabel, enjoying Paris in 2018.

Cathy O’Sullivan, chief of staff to Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava

Cathy O’Sullivan and her family together in a car

Cathy and her family on their way to the Santa Cruz mountains last summer.

Read more about our panelists and watch past Leading Toward Equity Events

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