The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is excited to announce our 2019 - 20 ODEI Dialogue Series!

This year, we plan on hosting 6 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

A Zoom Teach-In on Anti-Asian Xenophobia in an Age of COVID-19

Friday, May 29, 2020; 2 - 3:30pm, via Zoom; Register here

Presenter: Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian American Studies at SF State; Cynthia Choi, Co-Executive Director of Chinese Affirmative Action

Anti-Chinese xenophobia inaugurated the United States as a gatekeeping nation in the late nineteenth century. Figured as dangerous to the public health, the Chinese—and successive Asian migrants—were likened to an invasive disease and subjected not only to exclusion laws but also to white vigilante violence. In this era of pandemic, a moment conditioned by phobia about China’s global rise, xenophobic conspiracy theories about the “Chinese virus” abound. China has been placed in the crosshairs of the media and politicians, and Asians and people of Asian descent have been targeted on social media and subjected to acts of violence. From mid-March to mid-April of this year, the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center received almost 1,500 reports of anti-Asian coronavirus discrimination in the United States against people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino, Hmong, Thai, Lao, and Cambodian ethnicity.

This teach-in will be led by two founders of the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center. Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at SF State, will offer a long historical view of anti-Asian racism and brutality, and Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, will address the data the reporting center has gathered in the past two months. In a moment in which we are witness to the slide between anti-Asian rhetoric and anti-Asian brutality, how should hate speech be understood? Given the necessity of social distancing, what kinds of community process around racial harm can we envision and bring into being?  

Centering and Reflecting First-Generation Student Voices in our Teaching and Interactions


Presenters: Associate Professor Rebecca Covarrubias, Giselle Laiduc, Ibette Valle

Faculty and staff are invited to join us for this workshop. Grounded in theory and research, this workshop facilitates an interactive discussion on how faculty and staff can support first-generation students through the cultural transition to college. We will collectively generate inclusive practices related to supporting and centering the voices of first-generation students.


What You Won’t Learn In Class - Navigating the Workplace as a Professional of Color

Saturday, November 2, 2019; 11:30am-1:30pm, Namaste Lounge

Presenters: Dr. Mayen B. Udoetuk, Ayo Banjo, panel of Silicon Valley professionals of color

Today, you are students. Soon, you’ll be our future leaders in the area’s top professions. Join us to learn from the experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons of Silicon Valley Professionals of Color, as they share insights that can help you identify and navigate your career path.


Acts of Creative Rebellion

Tuesday, November 19th, 12-1pm, Namaste Lounge

Presenter: Mark Gardner, Coordinator for Residential Education, Oakes College 

We are all scientists, we are all theorists, we are all artists, and we are all thought leaders. I believe we all have it in us to express creatively and I believe we must express. Not for the purposes of "putting on a show"(the revolution is for no one's entertainment), but to engage in the processes of co-creation. Because co-creation is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight systems of oppression and injustice. In partnership with faculty, staff, and students at UCSC, the Oakes course Slugs Speak and Tackling the Taboo podcast are a manifestation of that need/passion to co-create in order to sustain our psychological and biological ecosystems.


Fat bodies (th)at work: understanding the role of size in the workplace

Tuesday, January 14th, 12-1pm, Rachel Carson College Red Room

Tuesday, January 28th, 12-1pm, Scotts Valley Center room 2103

Presenter: Kristen Weaver, Interim Assistant Director of Residential Education, Merrill College 

This talk will focus on the impact of weight-based discrimination and oppression.
Topics include:
- An overall understanding of sizeism
- Discrimination in the workplace
- Suggestions for ways to make your workplace more inclusive
- Commons myths and misconceptions about size
- Stereotypes
- De-stigmatizing the word “fat”


Mixed-ish: A Conversation on Multiracial Identity

Friday, March 13th, 5:30 - 8pm, Terry Frietas Cafe

Presenter: Riana Howard, Director, Cultivamos Excelencia & LaTecia Yarbrough, Coordinator for Residential Education, Oakes & Rachel Carson College 

Spoken Word & Photo Gallery: Telling the stories of Multiracial Individuals & Transracial Adoptees!

Black Lives Matter in Higher Education

Tuesday, April 28th, 12-1:30pm, via Zoom

Presenters: Aaron Jones & Shonte Thomas, African American Resource & Cultural Center 

Colleges and universities have a history of exclusion of particular groups. Equity and inclusion efforts are much more recent projects. Presenters will provide attendees with an overview of the history of higher education and the experiences of African American/Black & Caribbeans (ABC) students. They will also share national, system-wide, and institutional data (quantitative and qualitative) for this student population and recommendations based on the research on how best to make the institution a place where ABC folks can thrive.

Undocu Accomplice-ship: Moving Beyond Allyship

Friday, May 1st, 12-1:30pm, via Zoom

Presenters: Student Diversity and Inclusion Program student interns


A Sacred Basket: The Weaving of Identity, Community, Place, Roots and Justice

Friday, May 15th, 8am - 7pm

The day-long summit will include keynote speakers, Dr. A Breeze Harper (, a scholar and author who speaks to issues of food justice and white fragility and Fabian Romero (, an indigiqueer poet and scholar, as well as a number of student led workshops and activities. Register here.