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What is the one thing you plan to do to advance equity, diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego?

Thandeka Chapman

Thandeka Chapman

Department of Education
Associate Professor

“My one thing is teaching and mentoring students at every level of higher education. I generate programming that intertwines local communities with UC San Diego. I create opportunities for students to practice being leaders, scholars, activists and thoughtful human beings.”


Luis Legaspi

Luis Legaspi

Global Education, VCSA
Student Affairs Officer

 “My one thing is creating more opportunities for people to talk and be in community with one another, especially outside of their own work, school or friendship circle. It has been a humbling reminder how important it is to step out of our comfort zone and get to know each other.”


Alison Coil

Alison Coil

Division of Physical Sciences, Professor of Physics
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Equity Advisor

“My one thing is encouraging more women to enter STEM fields and supporting them during their time in those fields. I’m realizing how important it is to not only get women into the field but to encourage them to succeed as well.”


Sergill Johnson

Sergill Johnson

Black Resource Center Undergraduate Student
Senior Majoring in Urban Studies and Planning

 “My one thing is creating a positive environment for students to come and build connections in the community. Through resource center events, I hope to make the center visible to all students who need it and increase inclusion.”


Lorre Escalona

Lorre Escalona

Facilities Management
Administrative Assistant

 “My one thing is promoting a positive environment that supports professional and personal growth for all staff. I facilitate access to campus resources so that limited English-speaking staff members do not miss out on any benefits or opportunities.” 


John Moore

John Moore

Dean of Undergraduate Education
Professor of Linguistics

 “My one thing is mentoring a first-generation student, so they can go on to graduate school. For example, I’ve helped direct the dissertation of a first-generation Latino graduate student. He is now an assistant professor at Western Washington State University.”


Patty Maysent

Patty Maysent, MPH, MBA

UC San Diego Health
Chief Executive Officer

 “If you want to drive change, you have to make that explicit decision up front and then drive it.”


To learn more, visit the UC San Diego Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence website.