Diversity in Hiring

Talent Acquisition Diversity & Inclusion banner with a young and diverse group of staff.

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included. Our culture of openness, freedom, and belonging makes it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

Through intentional efforts to welcome diverse perspectives, we seek to build a vibrant academic community that values each person's unique contributions, promotes equity, and empowers all members to reach their fullest potential. Our work is guided by the belief that embracing diversity is not just an aspiration, but an essential path to creating a more enriching and transformative educational and professional experience for everyone involved.

Why We Do This Work: The Numbers

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. 

At present, UC Berkeley does not represent the diversity of the state. Part of the work of the Division of Equity & Inclusion is to help redress this lack of representation at UC Berkeley.

With our dedication to transparency, you may learn more about our staff workforce data.

Building an Inclusive Workforce

Hiring managers and search committee members are encouraged to partner with People & Culture (Talent Acquisition Advisors) and Berkeley Regional Services (HR Business Partners) to ensure a fair and equitable search. 

  1. Search Committee and Hiring Manager Training

To ensure each hiring manager and search committee member understands UC's obligations related to equal employment and affirmative action, members are required to complete the learning activities listed below before serving on a committee:

Effective February 1, 2021, the following eCourses are required (and renewable every 2 years) for all hiring managers and search committee members. You will not get access to UCPath TAM applications or be allowed to serve on a search committee until the training is complete. 

A search committee shall have a minimum of three members (including the Hiring Manager). A good-faith effort should be made to appoint a search committee that represents a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to broaden the committee's perspective.

  1. Diversity Statement

Supervisor and Manager level positions require a brief statement submitted by the Qualified Applicant outlining their past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in their work. Assessment is advised to focus on (but not limited to) three (3) main areas:

  • A past experience that has shaped their understanding of DEIB, or how they have sought additional learning opportunities to engage different cultures or ideologies.

  • Specific examples of how they have incorporated elements of DEIB into their work, research, or service.

  • Plans for how they will apply elements of DEIB to their work in the position to which they are applying.