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Equal Opportunity Programs

The Office of Academic Recruitment Services (OARS) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and manages several programs to promote academic diversity and equal opportunity at UC San Diego.

Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Program

The Office Academic Recruitment Services (OARS) is responsible for providing an annual review and update of the UCSD Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Program (AAP). The AAP contains the annual update of the Academic Affirmative Action Program for women, people of color, covered veterans, and people with disabilities, in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations

It is a written document of UCSD's good faith efforts and programs for accomplishing federally mandated affirmative action objectives and serves to:

  • Reaffirm the University's commitment to the equal employment opportunity/nondiscrimination policy and its responsibility for implementation
  • Analyze UC San Diego's workforce composition
  • Monitor UC San Diego's employment practices
  • Identify job areas where women and people of color are underutilized and establishes placement goals
  • Present action-oriented programs to remedy deficiencies
  • Evaluate the program to determine if progress is being made to remedy deficiencies

The UCSD Academic AAP is available at the Geisel Libraries and through the Office of Academic Recruitment Services.

Equal Opportunity Programs

Faculty Career Development Program

OARS is responsible for implementing the Faculty Career Development Program(FCDP), which supports the research or creative activities of junior faculty in order to enhance their progress toward the Associate Professor (tenured) level. The program also recognizes and rewards individuals who have promoted diversity and equal opportunity.

The program is open to all Assistant Professors with Academic Senate membership (Ladder-Rank, In Residence, and Clinical X series), without regard to race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. For complete eligibility and application information, please click the link above.


Partner Opportunities Program

UC San Diego recognizes that decisions about seeking, accepting, and maintaining employment often involve considerations concerning two careers, and that providing assistance in this area can help foster academic diversity. The Partner Opportunities Program (POP) provides assistance and support in the employment search to spouses or partners of General Campus ladder-rank faculty candidates and appointees, and of those in senior management positions who hold academic appointments.

Other UC San Diego Programs

UCSD's commitment to academic diversity and equal opportunity extends far beyond the OARS.  Here are links to some UC San Diego programs that share the common goal of fostering academic diversity and equal opportunity.  Note: These links will open in a new tab.

Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity

OARS provides assistance and advice to the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity


Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (FDI) provides leadership and works collaboratively to cultivate an academic culture of inclusive excellence at UC San Diego, where all can succeed and advance. FDI is a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


EDI Diversity Resources

See EDI's Diversity Resource page for information about UC San Diego and external diversity resources, centers, and programs.


Target of Excellence / Opportunity Hire

OARS works in close collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the team of divisional Faculty Equity Advisors to assist faculty search committees in utilizing best-practice recruitment strategies to develop large, well-qualified, and diverse applicant pools. Faculty Equity Advisors provide advice, collaboration and information to advance faculty diversity and excellence at UCSD.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography diversity resources

SIO Diversity Website

Campus Centers