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UCR Hosts Second Diversity Summit

UC Riverside Hosts Second Diversity Summit

The public is invited to discuss issues of diversity at UC Riverside

(October 21, 2005)

Yolanda T. Moses

Yolanda T. Moses

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The University of California, Riverside will host the second in a series of Diversity Summits from 12:30 to 5 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 24 at the UCR Extension Center, conference rooms D and E, 1200 University Ave. The public is invited to attend but reservations are required. Call Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Excellence and Diversity, Yolanda Moses, at (951) 827-5034 to reserve a seat.

The purpose of the summit is to advance campus discussions on the value of diversity in various university programs and departments. Monday’s summit focuses on enhancing both staff diversity and the career opportunities for diverse staff who want to become managers. Featured speakers will be Chancellor France A. Córdova; and Carlos Cortés, professor emeritus in the Department of History and world-renowned expert on diversity in the media. There will also be special presentations from UC Office of the President representatives Kay Miller, executive director of client relations, and Joseph Epperson, director of diversity and employee programs.

Professor of Anthropology and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Excellence and Diversity Yolanda T. Moses organized the event. Her planning group includes Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jim Sandoval; Susan Allen Ortega, dean of students; Adrienne Sims, director of the Women’s Resource Center; Title IX Office Director Debbie Artis; Ashley Panthera, assistant vice chancellor, Human Resources; Principal Contract and Grant Analyst Bill Schmechel; Carolyn Murray, professor of psychology; Gary Wilkins, director, Office of Faculty & Staff Affirmative Action; UCR Staff Assembly Chair Kathy Barton, who is also director of marketing and research at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Sue Anderson, principal human resources analyst.

This summit will collect information to further one of the Chancellor’s strategic goals of recruiting and retaining staff, managers and administrators who reflect the diverse face of California and the nation. Campus leaders believe that this diversity only serves to enrich the academy with varied perspectives and innovative ideas. The summit is designed to highlight the challenges the institution faces in increasing, for example, the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the staff and administrative ranks, including:

  1. recruiting and retaining a diverse staff,

  2. creating a climate that embraces diversity,

  3. and ongoing education and training around diversity issues.

This forum will offer the opportunity to discuss strategies to meet these challenges as well as to develop a blueprint for action. Institutional leaders are seeking the input of concerned citizens of the region as well. The public is invited to participate.

The following is a detailed schedule for the event.

12:30pm Registration: Courtyard of UNEX

1:00p.m. Opening Plenary Session

    Welcome and Overview: Yolanda T. Moses
    Ellen Wartella, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
    Presentation: Kay Miller, Executive Director of Client Relations, UC Office of the President
    Joseph Epperson, Director of Diversity and Employee Programs, UC Office of the President

Workshops and Breakout Sessions: Each workshop will be repeated twice beginning at 1:45 to 2:35 p.m. and again at 2:40: to 3:30p.m.

    Recruiting to Build a Diverse Staff
    Facilitators: Kathy Barton and Ashley Panthera
    Screening process
    Interview process
    Outreach strategies

    Creating a Climate that Embraces Diversity
    Facilitators: James Sandoval and Susan Allen Ortega
    Increasing awareness and understanding of cultural differences
    Addressing race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disabilities

    Retaining a Diverse Workforce
    Facilitators: Debbie Artis and Adrienne Sims
    How supervisors create and inclusive work environment
    Promotional opportunities
    Staff development
    Support services/programs
    Social networks

    How do we as Supervisors/Managers/Administrators Promote education and training? Facilitators: Sue Anderson and Bill Schmechel
    Training opportunities
    Project assignments
    Job rotation
    Career courses

3:45p.m. Closing Plenary Session (UNEX, Rooms D&E)

    Presentation: Chancellor France A. Córdova, “The Importance of Diversity For Our Staff, Managers and Administrators”
    Keynote Presentation: Carlos Cortes, Professor Emeritus, Department of History UC Riverside

5:00p.m. Reception — UNEX Patio

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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