Consultation

Requesting a Consultation- Staff Employees, Academic Employees, Student Employees and Applicants for Employment


UC Santa Cruz is committed to enacting the Principles of Community, resolving conflicts, addressing concerns and preventing complaints using an educational approach and by provision of consultation services to employees and managers alike.

ODEI staff are available to assist individuals, managers, units and principal officers seeking impartial advice or assistance, referrals and resources; seeking to strengthen management best practices and to resolve workplace issues and conflicts that may involve workplace equal employment opportunity, diversity or identity issues. Outcomes may include facilitated agreements, changes in workplace practices etc. The decision to file a formal complaint often is the result of an initial consultation with an ODEI staff member.

Employees and applicants may meet with Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff members to consult about concerns they think might be related to diversity, discrimination or retaliation. These consultations are aimed at clarifying issues and identifying appropriate actions, possible solutions and available resources. The consultation process is frequently used by employees or applicants to assist in decision-making; to help them decide whether or not they wish to file a complaint or use other processes to address concerns or resolve conflicts. Issues and disputes that are not Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion related may be referred to the Campus Conflict Resolution Services office or other campus resources unless there is reason to believe that there will be value added by Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion participation.

Consultation processes may include: phone or in-person intake and follow-up meetings, advice, advocacy*, counseling, provision of resources including relevant campus policies and procedures, referrals, training, and facilitation of conflict resolution meetings.

 

Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultations may be about issues related to protections under University of California, state and federal nondiscrimination policies and laws including but not limited to:

 

  • Race/Color
  • National Origin/Immigration Status
  • Religion
  • Disability/Medical Condition
  • Age
  • Sex, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Stereotype
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Veteran Status
  • Retaliation

*While Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff members strive to remain impartial and do not serve as advocates for individuals, we do advocate for upholding the letter and spirit of: University policies; campus Principles of Community; UC Statement of Ethical Values and Conduct; Title VII and other aspects of nondiscrimination and Civil Rights law; the integrity of campus processes and procedures; and for promotion and implementation of best management practices.

Referrals may be made to the Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students (CDO-SS) when appropriate. The CDO-SS is an Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff member.

By engaging in consultation processes, individuals do not give up their rights to file internal complaints. Those participating in such consultations also do not give up their right to file complaints with external agencies although deadlines may apply.

To schedule a consultation, contact
Ciel Benedetto, Assistant Director for EEO, (831) 459-3676, cbene@ucsc.edu