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Q: What can you tell us about the chancellor’s recent decision
to enhance faculty diversity?
A: The chancellor has allocated additional faculty
positions that will be a great help as I work with the deans, chairs
and directors to meet UCLA’s diversity goals. As associate
vice chancellor, I have to consider the diversity needs of the entire
campus. I have an annual budget that I leverage to enable hires
Lately, I have been focusing on how to increase diversity
in areas with an underrepresentation of women and minorities —
in particular, the sciences. We have African-American and Latino
graduate students in the sciences who have received STEM (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics) grants from the National
Science Foundation. We are interested in attracting science faculty
members to UCLA who have a commitment to and history of mentoring
a diverse pool of graduate students so that we can increase the
pool of students in these fields.
These new faculty positions will not, in any way,
solve the problem, but they are — in these budget times —
a significant commitment in the right direction.
Q: You seem to be involved in many
A: Supporting diversity isn’t just about hiring faculty.
It’s about building a welcoming environment where all faculty
want to come and stay. We have difficulty competing with salaries
that the elite private universities offer. So UCLA has to be a place
that supports faculty interests, recognizes their contributions
and welcomes them into its community of scholars. Accomplishing
all this is a large task. And we obviously cannot move as quickly
as I and others might want us to. But we are making progress. One
day we won’t need my position any longer, because enhancing
diversity in all aspects of the campus community will be occurring
is associate editor of UCLA Magazine.