IGCC is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) because we believe that working towards meaningful, real-world change requires collaboration and diverse approaches. We believe therefore that including individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our work makes our work better and more relevant, and that bridging racial, gender, and cultural divides in our organizational practices is important in its own right. Moreover, as an institution representing the University of California system, it is central to our mission to reflect the rich diversity represented across campuses and labs, and among faculty, students, and staff.
We recognize that there is a historic lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the social sciences, especially in the field of global security, which is a key area of focus for IGCC across research themes.
We are actively working to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do, specifically by ensuring that our activities and resources are accessible to diverse audiences, designing fair and inclusive recruitment processes, ensuring equitable compensation and advancement, and supporting diversity in our leadership and promoting a workplace that is welcoming, safe, and collaborative.
IGCC has made progress in improving our gender balance in leadership roles over the last few years by welcoming new women as research director, associate director, and steering committee chair. Our graduate student and postdoctoral fellowship and training activities continue to include a diverse array of young scholars, and are working hard to engage a broader community within and outside the academy through our events, roundtables, working groups, and publications.
As a community, we cultivate a workplace built around respect and collaboration. This is important, not only for faculty and staff based at our headquarters, but for our larger community of collaborators across the country and around the world.
Learn more about University of California Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts