Inclusive excellence, across the UC experience

Affirming diverse identities and lived experience, improving access for the historically underrepresented and fostering respect for all community members are values at the core of UC’s diversity mission.

When a community welcomes all members with support and respect, individuals flourish as teachers, scholars, researchers and creators. The university's work in equity, diversity and inclusion has set the stage for that flourishing.

UC is committed to clearing barriers that prevent the full expression of potential among members of our student, staff and faculty community — particularly those who have been historically underrepresented.

Indeed, UC believes that including people from the full human spectrum — encompassing race, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, ability, experience and more — makes for a community that reflects the richness and diversity of California itself.

Our progress

UC is making progress in many key areas related to equity, diversity and inclusion, including:

  • Increases in the percentage of undergraduates from underrepresented groups (URGs) admitted to and/or enrolled at UC (based on K–12 pipeline)
  • Increases in the percentage of first-generation undergraduate students admitted to and/or enrolled at UC
  • Increases in the percentage of graduate students from URGs admitted to and/or enrolled at UC
  • Increases in the percentage of UC faculty members from URGs
  • Increases in the percentage of UC staff members at campuses, labs and UC Health locations from URGs

Our challenges

Still, challenges remain. Areas in which we need to make progress include:

  • Enrollment rates are low among African American and American Indian applicants who were admitted to UC.
  • African American undergraduate students are less likely than other ethnic groups to agree that they are respected on campus.
  • A persistent graduation gap exists between undergraduates from URGs and their white and Asian counterparts.
  • A low proportion of faculty members are women or from URGs, compared with availability pools in most disciplines.
  • Senior management cohorts are lacking in racial/ethnic diversity, compared with entry-level and professional staff cohorts at UC.

Additionally, UC continues to make considerable investments to diversify its faculty, staff and student body. The university has supported recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty; held ongoing series of implicit bias training for students leaders, faculty and staff members; honed UC's messaging and operations to fully recognize underserved groups and launched efforts targeting specific campuses to transform them into anti-racist and Black-thriving places to work and learn.

UC 2030: Advancing the California dream

The University of California’s multi-year framework — UC 2030 — focuses on degree completion, especially among underrepresented groups, and on long-term growth in faculty and research. Goals include:

  1. Producing over 200,000 additional degrees, on top of the one million undergraduate and graduate degrees currently projected.

  2. Achieving a 90 percent overall graduation rate and cultivating timely graduation and graduate degree attainment among Pell recipients, first-generation students and and students from underrepresented groups.

  3. Investing in the next generation of faculty and researchers by adding 1,100 ladder-rank faculty over the next four years.

View the UC 2030 Dashboard

2021 Accountability Report

This report is an annual comprehensive assessment of the university's progress in meeting key teaching, research and public service goals, including diversity, across its 10 campuses.

Read the 2021 Accountability Report