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Research Affairs Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Information on the Research Affairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives and committee.

About Research Affairs EDI


The Research Affairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee strives to advance the UC San Diego research enterprise by embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and values at the core of everything we do. We are committed to giving voice to our community, enhancing and celebrating our diversity and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence.


We aspire to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all are welcome and valued; are comfortable bringing their authentic selves; and have the opportunity, resources and support to thrive.

Strategic Objectives

  • Advancement: Within a transparent pipeline, ensure EDI-specific concerns are addressed regarding career advancement.
  • Culture: Celebrate and prioritize culture and diversity to strengthen the culture and climate within Research Affairs
  • Hiring and Recruitment: Expand Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hiring practices in Research Affairs.  


  • Heather Dillon, Office of Postdoctoral & Research Scholar Affairs
  • Devon Tolliver, Office of Research Affairs 


  • Muriel Croom, Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences
  • Vanessa Diaz, Center for Human Development
  • Lisa Gu, Office of Contract & Grant Administration
  • Sunny Kochhar, Office of Contract & Grant Administration
  • Luz Molina, Office of Contract & Grant Administration
  • Shane Moise, Office of Innovation and Commercialization
  • Jeff Narkis, Center for Energy Research
  • Gloria Negrete, Office of Innovation and Commercialization
  • Kent Osborn, Animal Care Program
  • Mady Paley, Research Compliance and Integrity
  • Nancy Peritz, Office of Contract & Grant Administration
  • Bridey Scully, Center on Global Justice

The Research Affairs EDI Committee meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Research Affairs staff can get involved and participate in EDI Committee meetings at any time. To learn more and to attend a future meeting, email your interest to

Event and Meeting Calendar

Do you have an event that you would like us to add to the calendar? Send the information to

Research Affairs EDI Committee Pillars

  • Remember to be kind to one another. We’re in this together.
  • Speak to your own experience and try to understand, accept and trust others’ experiences too. 
  • Intent versus Impact. Take responsibility for your impact.
  • Respect others’ stories. Share the lesson, not the story.
  • Make space—engage in active listening. Take space—make sure your voice is heard. 
  • Right to pass. Recognize the need for self-care. Take a moment if you need to process.
  • Bring your full self, be present and stay engaged. 
  • Remember these words as we work through tough topics and conversations: perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, generosity, compassion, transparency, and trust. 
Learn and Grow. 
  • We’re learners, not judgers. Speak to the message and not the messenger.
  • Lean into discomfort. Accept non-closure and allow continued space and time to grow and reflect.
  • Recognize your role and power and privilege. Understand your role and consider how it impacts others on your team or on the campus at large.

Get Involved / Provide Feedback

If you have questions, comments or concerns about this website, EDI practices in Research Affairs or on campus, or wish to provide other feedback, you may do so using this anonymous form. If you require a response, you may include your contact information.



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