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Following is a sampling of committees related to diversity efforts:

Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity
The Committee promotes campus diversity and equity, ensuring the equal treatment of women, ethnic minorities, individuals of diverse sexual orientations, individuals with disabilities, and other members of the campus community. In meeting this charge, the committee may initiate studies on campus diversity and equity, using data collected from all campus sources; formulate and disseminate recommendations on any matter influencing campus diversity and equity; and address matters involving the hiring, employment, educational, and social circumstances of faculty, staff, and students.

Chancellor's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion
UC President Mark Yudof recently formed a systemwide Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion to address challenges in enhancing and sustaining a tolerant, inclusive environment on all UC campuses. The Council's first meeting was held June 30, 2010. UCSB also has a Campus Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion. It is chaired by Chancellor Yang and composed of faculty, students, staff, administrative personnel, community representation, and ex-officio members, which includes academic deans. The purpose of the advisory council is to:

  • Provide ongoing evaluation of campus climate conditions, practices, and policies.
  • Suggest measures that will support the goals of inclusion and community, especially including measures reflecting promising practices from elsewhere in UC and the nation.
  • Coordinate its analyses, recommendations, and other work with related work of any entities created by faculty, staff, students, or neighboring communities.
  • Fulfill other campus-specific responsibilities identified by the Chancellor.
  • Respond to queries and suggestions from the President's Advisory Council.

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is an administrative committee that has existed on campus since the mid 1970s. It draws its membership from faculty, staff, and students on campus with standing members including the director of the Women's Center, our Title IX Coordinator and Sexual Harassment Officer, chair(s) from the Senior Women's Council and chair(s) from the Professional Women's Association. The charge of CACSW is to advise and consult with the Chancellor about concerns and issues regarding the status of women at UCSB. The committee engages in the review of drafts of campus and system wide policies pertaining to campus women (e.g., parental leaves, sexual harassment, gender equity in sports). The CACSW along with the Women's Center organizes a panel discussion "Demystifying the Tenure Process" for junior faculty women on a yearly basis. The CACSW conducts meetings and investigations on issues including leadership, governance, representation of women in faculty and key administrative positions, pay equity, career equity review, work/life, staff-student ratio, Title IX, safety, student parent registration, diversity training, and female graduate student representation, employment, and mentorship. Since 1997, CACSW has met annually with the Chancellor and his Vice-Chancellors to discuss a yearly report on the status of women.

Chancellor's Outreach Advisory Committee (COAB)
COAB is the policy and governing body for all campus outreach programs. COAB provides overall guidance on policy, budget and evaluation issues regarding UC Santa Barbara's K-12, community college and graduate academic preparation and educational partnership programs. COAB also advises the chancellor and other staff on these matters, and monitors outreach programs via evaluation efforts. COAB is committed to strengthening campus academic preparation and educational partnership programs. The Board will provide consultation and direction to the campus in the development and oversight of campus initiatives supported by university outreach funds. In collaboration with the Academic Senate, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Student Affairs, COAB and the Office of Outreach Initiatives coordinates the Faculty Outreach Grant (FOG) Program.

Eucalyptus is the campus Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. This university-wide committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. It meets periodically to discuss LGBT related issued and concerns.
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Professional Women's Association
The Professional Women's Association (PWA) at UC Santa Barbara promotes a sense of community through networking and community service, and focuses on the advancement and accomplishments of UCSB Women. PWA provides opportunities to develop one's professional and personal self as well as network on campus, through activities that include brown bag lunch sessions, networking luncheons, a holiday party for IV children, and an annual professional development conference.

Senior Women's Council
The Senior Women's Council was founded in 1993 to create a forum for defining and actively addressing issues that promote gender equity and diversity at UC Santa Barbara. All tenured women faculty and lecturers with SOE are automatically members. The steering committee, comprised of 15-20 members, specifies several well-defined programmatic goals that the Council will accomplish each academic year. The direction of SWC's program is based on input from all tenured women.