The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is excited to announce our 2017-18 ODEI Dialogue Series!

This year, we plan on hosting 7 events in the series, aimed at bringing students, faculty and staff together to hold discussions and meaningful community dialogue around various topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The overall goal of this series is to have productive and honest discussions, oftentimes about challenging subject matter, to continue to build and foster a healthy campus climate. We hope to provide our UCSC community with tangible “takeaways” and “best practices” that they can put to good use.

The ODEI Dialogue Series has been developed to achieve the following learning objectives for participants:
  • Experience interacting respectfully with members of the campus community whose approaches to issues differ
  • Identify potential partners and collaborators across campus
  • Explore creative solutions to concerns, questions and issues
  • Understand how individuals’ experiences at UCSC are complex and multilayered
  • Hone critical skills to build communities of support
  • Learn about various support resources on and off campus

ODEI Dialogue Series Events


Get Out: An American Horror Story
Movie Screening and Discussion
Friday, October 27th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Classroom Unit 1

After a screening of the film, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated conversation about racial inequality.


Effective Communication Between Administrators and Students
Friday, November 3rd, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Red Room at Rachel Carson

Many members of our campus community do not always know or understand which administrators might be the best suited to address questions or concerns about policies or procedures on campus. This segment will be led by key administrators who will explain their roles on campus, and offer insights into where students, staff and faculty can go for more information regarding specific issues.


Stronger Together than Apart: Coalition Building for Social Justice
Wednesday, February 28th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Namaste Lounge, Colleges 9 & 10

This two hour workshop will provide participants with skills and strategies to build impactful and robust coalitions. The workshop will include examples of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ successful coalition-led campaigns, incorporate interactive activities, look at common challenges and tensions, help students identify allies, and provide skills for effective coalition building.

Facilitated by Tash Nguyen, a UCSC alum and a Local Advocate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Eric Henderson, a Policy Associate at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.


Modeling Inclusive & Collaborative Structures: How to Take Actionable Steps in a Council or Committee
Tuesday, April 3rd, 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Humanities 2, Room 359

This segment will focus on best practices to move discussions and ideas addressed in committees, forward into applied action. Facilitated by Shauna Casey, Sustainability Programs Manager and Elida Erickson, Sustainability Director from UCSC's Sustainability Office.


Communicating Across Differences
Wednesday, April 11th, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Board Room, Scotts Valley Center

This discussion will offer staff members communication tools on how to effectively interact with co-workers who have differing perspectives on an array of issues and concerns. Facilitated by Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz (Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder), UCSC's Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Identifying, Understanding (The Impact) and Responding to Microaggressions in Learning Environments
Tuesday, April 17th, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Humanities 2, Room 259

This interactive workshop is designed for academic employees (senate faculty, lecturers, researchers, etc.) to assist you in identifying different types of microaggressions and to understanding the role that communication plays in creating and challenging microaggressive comments. Facilitated by Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz (Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder), UCSC's Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students with the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 


Graduate Student Experience: Roundtable Discussion
May 2018
Location TBD

This segment will be a round table discussion offering graduate students best practices on how to approach teaching, research, advising, and work/life/school challenges (as well as anything else that arises).