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Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Led by CIIS' first-ever Vice President of DEI, Rachel Bryant, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team is here to support you and help the community to flourish.

Welcome! The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) at CIIS believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral elements of a CIIS education. As a collaborative office, we lead and initiate this transformative work in partnership with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community, to create and advance an academic environment that challenges the status quo, is paradigm shifting, and lives up to our Seven Commitments and the vision, mission, and priorities outlined in our strategic roadmap. 

Through our events and resources, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion intentionally works with the entire CIIS community to engage in meaningful dialogues and actions that lead to introspection and change that ripples out across the academic environment, student experience, and community beyond. 

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“Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work is emergent. It is iterative and responsive to the community’s needs. It is liberatory and healing.”

Rachel Bryant, VP, DDEI

DDEI Programming

Driven to inform and inspire the CIIS community, DDEI offers a wide array of content and resources, and we’re proud to see it resonates. 

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Program Satisfaction — Respondents love our events

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Aligned Content – Highly relevant to work and scholarship

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Facilitator Satisfaction – Facilitators are strongly effective

Strategic Priorities

DDEI’s strategic roadmap expresses CIIS’ institutional commitment to create a more sustainable, flourishing, and antiracist institution that accurately reflects our mission and values. These priorities are part of a living document.

Goal 1

Operationalize Racial and Social Justice and Equity

Faculty at Graduation
Goal 2

Increase Student, Staff, and Faculty Diversity Recruitment, Retention, and Professional Development

BIPOC Graduates
Goal 3

Expand Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, Neurodiverse, Disabled, Ecological, and Liberatory Perspectives

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Goal 4

Create a Culture of Belonging

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Goal 5

Measure the Effectiveness and Impact of the CIIS Strategic Roadmap

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Center for Black and Indigenous Praxis

In an effort to balance the historical influence of Eurocentric scholarship, CBIP seeks to promote Black and Indigenous ways of knowing and living by equipping scholars with the tools and community they need to engage in rigorous and reparative scholarship.

Indigenous Resources

    Sogorea Te Land Trust Indigenous women-led community organization

    How to Come Correct

    Sogorea Te’ Land Trust guidance for engaging with Indigenous work from a place of respect.

    San Francisco hills by Charlie Lederer

    The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone

    The Ramaytush (pronounced rah-my-toosh) are the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. 

    Native Land Map

    Native Land Map

    Learn ​​more about the lands you inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward with this tool from Native Land Digital. 

    Sogorea Te Land Trust Indigenous women-led community organization
    San Francisco hills by Charlie Lederer
    Native Land Map

    Sustainability Resources

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      Learn about San Francisco environments and help with conservation efforts!

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      What Goes Where?

      Wondering about how to waste zero with composting and recycling? Wonder no more!

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      Environmental Justice in SF

      San Francisco is working to ensure all residents and workers live in and enjoy healthy, sustainable and equitable environments.

      Plants by Grant Durr
      Hands composting photograph by Rodnae productions
      Eco Justice protest walk in San Francisco