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During the Committee on Education’s annual accountability sub-report on diversity, University of California Provost Aimee Dorr provided little evidence that significant progress has been made in diversifying the faculty of the UC system.
According to the report, UC does have a higher average of underrepresented men and women on its faculty than other colleges like Stanford and Harvard, with 8.6 percent of male faculty and 30.5 percent of female faculty identifying as of underrepresented men and women
According to the report, 76.6 percent of the faculty at UC identify as white, 14.8 percent identify as Asian or Asian-American, 5.4 percent identify as Chicano, Latino or Hispanic, 2.6 percent identify as African-American, and 0.5 percent identify as American Indian or Native American.
These numbers, while an increase from previous years, were still not enough to impress many of the regents.
“We should be doing more,” said UC President Mark Yudof. “Much more.”
“In a state where almost half the students graduating from high school are Latino, a faculty that is less than 5 percent Latino is embarrassing,” said Regent Eddie Island. “The [state] demographics are already here, how much longer do we have to wait to make the UC faculty demographics look like the state?”
Student Regent Designate Cinthia Flores called for a campus by campus break down of faculty diversity on each campus and Regent Bonnie Reiss went further, asking for an additional list of positions being vacated within the upcoming years so as to better understand how quickly faculty diversity can be improved.
“When students can’t see themselves in our faculty, that disinclines them to go into academia,” said Student Regent Jonathan Stein.
Throughout the criticism, Dorr maintained that many people throughout the university are continually committed to increase faculty diversity not just by looking at overall numbers, but by looking at what specifically is the best for UC.