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

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

Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff members are available to assist individuals, managers, units and principal officers seeking impartial advice or assistance strengthening management best practices and in resolving workplace issues, conflicts or complaints that may involve discrimination or workplace diversity issues.

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 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
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sex, Gender, Gender Identity
  • 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; 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.

By engaging in a consultation process, individuals do not give up their right to file an internal complaint; this can be done at any time. Those participating in such consultations also do not give up the right to file a complaint with an external agency.

To schedule a consultation, contact
Ciel Benedetto, Assistant Director for EEO, (831) 459-3676,