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