Contributions to Diversity

Regardless of personal demographic characteristics, the University has a strong interest in ensuring that all individuals hired for faculty positions at Berkeley share our commitment to access and excellence and our Principles of Community.

Diversity is a defining feature of California's past, present, and future. Increasing diversity to better reflect the population of California is fundamental to UC Berkeley’s mission as a public institution and imperative to achieving its full potential.

According to the UC Diversity Statement, diversity refers to “the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more."

One way in which OFEW—with the help of the Faculty Equity Advisors—supports the university’s commitment to advance diversity and equity is by promoting best practices for faculty recruitment. These include broadening the candidate pool, agreeing on criteria to judge all applicants before the search begins, guarding against biases in decision making, and treating all candidates respectfully and equally.

University policy and California State law states that a candidate's race, gender, ethnicity or other personal characteristics may not be considered in the evaluation of academic appointments. However, search committees can and should consider past and proposed contributions to diversity as part of the overall review process.

Information on Contributions to Diversity was adapted with permission from the UC San Diego Office for Faculty Excellence and Diversity

UC Berkeley Principles of Community

These principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in our mission of teaching, research and public service. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

  • We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level.
  • We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • We affirm the dignity of all individuals and strive to uphold a just community in which discrimination and hate are not tolerated.
  • We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities.
  • We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.
  • We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission.
  • We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

UC Berkeley’s “Principles of Community” statement was developed collaboratively by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and issued by the Chancellor. Its intent is to serve as an affirmation of the intrinsic and unique value of each member of the UC Berkeley community and as a guide for our personal and collective behavior, both on campus and as we serve society.

How Are Statements Considered?

Candidates may be evaluated on their past and/or planned contributions to diversity during the evaluation and selection process. The search committee will view the Contributions to Diversity Statement in combination with the entire application file.

Once a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley, contributions to diversity are recognized through the merit and promotion process.

Guidelines for Applicants Writing Statements

The Contributions to Diversity Statement should describe your past experience and activities, and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Berkeley’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.

Examples and Resources

There are many examples of activities that contribute diversity and equity, including, but not limited to, the following: