The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center is in the division the UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VC–EDI), believes that true excellence is achieved through productive relationships among people of diverse perspectives. Creativity and innovation prosper when the collective talents of our students, faculty, and staff are joined together in an environment that is open and inclusive. We define greatness by our ability to work together in a climate of shared respect, where diverse perspectives are valued and opportunities for growth and self-reflection exist for all. VC-EDI works in partnership with other Vice Chancellor areas to ensure that students, faculty, and staff find community and self-empowerment, regardless of heritage, orientation, or situation.
Central to the purpose of the Office of the VC–EDI is to ensure that our community is one of equal opportunity, where mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration is fostered and open dialogue is encouraged. It is our mission to initiate programs and provide resources that increase understanding and awareness of social justice, remove barriers for historically underrepresented groups, improve cross-cultural relations, and contribute to a campus climate that is safe and welcoming to all.
The VC–EDI, through partnership and collaboration, directs the campus efforts relative to diversity initiatives, which includes the work of the Campus Community Centers, as well as the efforts of two Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity.
As units within the VC–EDI, the Campus Community Centers include: the Black Resource Center, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, the Raza Resource Centro, and the Women’s Center. The Campus Community Centers affect institutional change by challenging traditional notions and historical structures of diversity and equality. As places of engagement and belonging they facilitate interactive learning, promote self-awareness, foster leadership, and encourage dialogue. Working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the San Diego community, the centers contribute significantly toward the evolution of a socially just campus climate.