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Physical Sciences Adds EDI Leadership Role to Division

January 18, 2018
By Cynthia Dillon


Alison Coil

University of California San Diego Dean Steven Boggs has appointed Professor Alison Coil to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Division of Physical Sciences. In this new role, Coil, an observational astrophysicist in the Department of Physics and a member of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, will be responsible for ensuring that the division’s mission of research, teaching and service is guided by the university’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion—the overall goal being to cultivate a welcoming, diverse, equitable and inclusive climate among students, staff and faculty. 

As EDI associate dean, Coil will make strategic decisions and recommendations to Boggs regarding issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. She also will oversee strategic initiatives across the division and university as a leader of special projects. Additionally, Coil will assist the dean with the following:

  • Cultivating a culture of inclusion within the division for students, faculty and staff
  • Insuring that university policies concerning diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented properly by the departments
  • Working closely with Associate Dean for Education and Students in the development of programs for student success/inclusion
  • Serving as co-Faculty Equity Advisor (FEA) for the Division of Physical Sciences
  • Providing advice and guidance on academic personnel matters

Coil has extensive experience related to equity, diversity and inclusion issues at UC San Diego. She created and leads the Graduate Women in Physics group, chaired Excellence Through Diversity faculty hires in the Department of Physics for four consecutive years, and she was an integral force in more than doubling the representation of women faculty in physics at UC San Diego in the last decade. Coil has served on multiple campus-wide efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion and was awarded a university-wide Diversity Award in 2010. Since 2014, she has served as the Faculty Equity Advisor for the Division of Physical Sciences, where she has taken an active role in mentoring and advocating for women and underrepresented minority faculty in the division. Currently, she chairs the Divisional Excellence Committee, related to inclusion in faculty hiring, and she co-chairs the Task Force on the Status of Women in the Division of Physical Sciences.

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