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Bren Diversity Committee

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Introduction 

The mission of the Bren Diversity Committee is to identify and support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) objectives for the School. The Diversity Committee is responsible for soliciting and incorporating community feedback into their priorities each year, to provide recommendations for School administration, and to pursue objectives that foster an inclusive, diverse community. 

The Bren Diversity Committee was formed in 2014 and is composed of Bren School faculty, staff, and students. Positions are held for an academic year, though many faculty, staff, and student representatives serve for longer than one academic year.

Interested in being a student representative on the Diversity Committee? Student representatives are voted in each spring quarter for the following year. 

Current Committee Members 

Kyle Meng, faculty, chair 
Steve Gaines, Dean 
Satie Airame, Assistant Dean 
Sarah Anderson, faculty, Associate Dean of DEI 
Kristine Duarte, staff
Melissa Van De Werfhorst, staff 
Kelly Keogh, staff 
Lisa Leombruni, lecturer, environmental communication program director
Liliana Sierra Castillo, PhD student representative 
Teague Tran, MESM student representative 

Current Objectives and Priorities 

  • The Bren School Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Collect feedback on the Strategic Plan from the Diversity Committee, students, alumni, and larger Bren community; incorporate feedback 
  • Assign responsibilities and begin implementation of Strategic Plan 
  • Faculty and staff diversity, equity, and inclusion training 

Meeting Summaries 

The Diversity Committee meets at least once per quarter, or as needed. Review the Diversity Committee's meeting summaries here (coming soon).

DEI Training 

Diversity Committee faculty and staff members undertake annual DEI training. Training for the year 2020-2021 year was conducted by Rebecca and Ben Refuerzo on racial microaggressions, power and privilege. Learn more about this training, coordinated through the UC Santa Barbara Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Comments and Suggestions 

You can help the Bren School make change and address concerns by clearly identifying problems and suggesting changes. Please submit comments, concerns, and suggestions to the Bren School Online Suggestion Box. This suggestion box form is reviewed regularly by Bren staff; you may submit your name but you have the option to remain anonymous.

If you are a student and would like your comments to go directly to student representatives only, please submit to the Anonymous Suggestion Box. Student representatives will relay the information to the Diversity Committee.

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