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IFSO is Committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The International Faculty & Scholars Office (IFSO) of UC San Diego is committed to respecting and honoring our diverse campus community in accordance with our core values, mission, and vision. IFSO, in compliance with federal, state, and University rules and regulations, will abide by inclusive practices to make sure all our international faculty and scholars are respected and included in our campus community.

Federal immigration documents (such as the I-797, DS-2019, etc.) and government databases (such as SEVIS) require that we use information as it appears on the government issued passport. When not federally required, IFSO will always use and be respectful of pronouns, genders, and lived names.

UC San Diego Principles of Community

UC San Diego has a campus community of varying identities and political views. Each member of the UC San Diego Community must abide by the Principles of Community to ensure that we value and respect all community members.

Anti-Racism

"Anti-Racism" is a word first coined by Dr. Angela Davis, a UC San Diego Alumna, which has been associated with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in reference to his book, "How to Be an Antiracist."

Racism is harmful intentional or unintentional discrimination, bias, or impact on someone or a group of people because of their race, color of their skin, country of origin, and ethnic background. Anti-racism is a concept that implies active practice and opposition to racism and racist practices. 

Here are some resources from the VC Division of EDI.

Behavioral Health, Wellness, Counseling and Support Resources

Bystander Intervention Trainings

It may help to be more informed, prepared, and educated on how to act when witnessing any harassment or acts of hate. There are Bystander Intervention Trainings available.

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is the UC San Diego confidential advocacy and education office for sexual violence and gender-based violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) which offers free and confidential services for all campus community.

Disability and Accessibility

UC San Diego understands the significance of accessibility for all our campus community. You can find campus disability and accessibility resources here:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

UC San Diego has a Vice Chancellor Division and Office committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VC EDI). Under the VC EDI, our campus has several campus community centers and resources to support our campus community of varying identities.

Gender Recognition Act

In accordance with the California Gender Recognition Act, IFSO honors our LGBTQ+ community by respecting their pronouns, genders, and lived names. IFSO has processes in place which keep legal names confidential in our information systems (databases) and strives to respect our queer, nonbinary, and trans faculty, scholars, and department administrators’ identities. 

Note:The Gender Recognition Act is a California state law; Federal immigration documents (such as the I-797, DS-2019, etc.) and government databases (such as SEVIS) require that we use the name on our faculty and scholars’ passports. 

Federal documents/database which require IFSO to use information as noted on passport biographical page:
  • SEVIS: J-1/J-2
  • DS-2019: J-1/J-2
  • Form I-129: H-1B, E-3, O-1, TN
  • Form I-140: Immigrant Petition 
  • Form I-485: Adjustment to Permanent Residency
  • Form I-765: Employment Authorization Request
  • Form I-131: Advance Parole Request
Resources:

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Our Visiting Graduate Students may find support and interest in UC San Diego’s Graduate and Professional Student Association, or GPSA, and the UC San Diego Grad Division.

I-House

International House (I-House) is an on-campus globally-focused housing community that fosters international awareness and intercultural understanding. They have events and programming for all residents, including international scholars. For questions about housing availability, please inquire directly with I-House.

LGBTQ+ Allyship

UC San Diego and the IFSO team are committed to respecting all identities of our scholars, which includes the LGBTQ+ community. IFSO is incorporating inclusive gender identity practices in accordance with federal, state, University of California (UC) system-wide, and UC San Diego policies. This includes the Gender Recognition Act.

Additional Resources:

Name Pronunciation

IFSO recognizes the importance of respecting names and identities.

Resources:
  • This Pinyin chart is a resource for pronouncing Chinese names.
  • NameCoach is a resource to share your name pronunciation. 

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) addresses complaints of discrimination and harassment at UC San Diego.

You can report any incidents of harassment, discrimination, sexual and relationship violence, and stalking involving members of the UC San Diego community (including yourself).

Report Off Campus Hate

If you are or witness someone in immediate danger, you may call 9-1-1. If you are on campus, you will be connected with the UC San Diego Police Department. You can also report any off campus hate crimes or attacks.

Staff Affiliate Groups

In affiliation with the UC San Diego Staff Association, there are several Staff Affiliate Groups that provide cultural, spiritual, and identity-related community spaces, events, and programming.