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School of Physical Sciences Staff EDI-C Committee

Welcome to the School of Physical Sciences Staff Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Climate (EDI-C) Committee webpage.

UC San Diego's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strives to create a campus climate of respect, fairness and cooperation, promoting innovation and leadership by engaging the talents and abilities of all. We believe that true excellence is achieved through productive relationships among people of diverse perspectives, as defined by UC San Diego’s Principles of Community.

The School of Physical Sciences EDI-C Committee supports campus-wide EDI initiatives and objectives through its own work within the school.

Staff EDI-C Committee Objectives

  • Creating an inclusive and safe environment with a strong sense of community where all staff members feel valued and included.
  • Identifying measurable goals and metrics that assist the School of Physical Sciences with accessing climate and other EDI-related issues in support of a shared vision for the school.
  • Regularly communicating with staff regarding EDI-C committee work and professional development opportunities via email, virtual or in-person meetings, and town hall events.

Committee members

Faye Chou (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Milagro Mariona-Cruz (Mathematics)
Rexanne Dayes (Dean's Office)
Erin Gerlach (Physics)
Antonio Greenwood SPS Staff Equity Advisor (Mathematics)
Allana Griffith (Physics)
Camillia King (Physics)
Wendy Han (Astronomy & Astrophysics)
Jayme Laforte (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Jessica Nakashima (Dean’s Office)
Bret Noël (Physics)
Miguel Ramirez (Mathematics)
Jeff Rances (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Robert Rome (Dean's Office)
Rashma Saini (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Kelly Simmons (Mathematics)


Please feel free to reach out to any member of the committee regarding issues, comments, questions and concerns related to EDI-C or the work of the committee.

How do I join the EDI-C committee?

The EDI-C committee is composed of the assistant dean, the staff equity advisor, department MSOs, and two additional members per department, including the dean's office. The staff equity advisor is not included in the count for department representatives.

Each department will notify its staff of available openings on the committee. Individuals interested in joining the Staff EDI-C committee can send a short statement of interest to the Staff Equity Advisor at All statements will be reviewed by the EDI-C Committee. 

EDI-C feedback form

School of Physical Sciences (SPS) staff can use this form to receive information regarding campus resources and/or to report issues or concerns related to equity, diversity, inclusion or climate within the workplace. Issues can be reported anonymously via the feedback form or directly to the SPS Staff Equity Advisor at

Professional development opportunities

An employee must meet the following requirements to be eligible for professional development activities:

  • Completion of the probationary period, if required, and
  • Job performance that is rated as satisfactory or better

In approving professional development activities, the department head considers scheduling, staffing, budget, and other related considerations.

Career staff should contact their direct manager or supervisor regarding available funds and
time off for professional development opportunities.

Useful links


EDI-C Events Information

The SPS Staff EDI-C committee & the SEA engage and communicate regularly with staff through multiple means, including hosting regular Staff Town Hall events & smaller networking events. Information regarding upcoming events will be sent out to SPS staff by the SEA.

If you have any questions or if you'd like to highlight or propose an EDI-C related event, please contact

Campus resources and information