Greetings from the first CMCI Associate Dean of DEI

Hello, all!

Karen AshcraftI am honored to be serving in this new leadership role! With the creation of this position, CMCI is doubling down on its commitment to diversity. It is my mission to help translate that commitment into action.

A word on how diversity matters to our college vision: CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence depends on diversity, equity and inclusion. We aim to understand and challenge systems of privilege and disadvantage in higher education, such as those based on class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. We reach across social and political divides to make space for voices historically underrepresented in higher education and marginalized in society.

A strong commitment to inclusive excellence guides our academic programs and our workplace culture. Diversity is not just a distant reality for which we try to prepare students. It is a priority we aim to put into practice here, now and together, in order to foster places of learning and working where all members can thrive.

My question for you is: How are we doing? We want to hear about your experience so that we can do better, and also know where we are finding success.

  • If any aspect of your educational and/or employment experience with CMCI does not reflect the commitment expressed above—or if you want to share a positive instance of this commitment in action—we invite you to contact any of our team members and share your perspective.
  • If you have any questions or ideas related to diversity, equity and inclusion—perhaps you need a resource but are not sure where to go—we welcome you to contact us, too.

The message: We are here as your diversity help desk, and we truly want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to contact our team!

If you need to report discrimination, harassment, retaliation or any other behavior that violates UCB codes of contact, you can view official channels or contact the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance.

I look forward to working with you to make CMCI a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community!

Karen Lee Ashcraft
Associate Dean