BES’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Berkeley Executive Search logo BES’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

BES understands successful organizations thrive with a diverse workforce. BES is committed to equal opportunity and has a history of providing diverse candidate pools. All applicants receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. Our process is consistent and compliant with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requirements.

Candidate diversity is a focus at all stages of the search starting with understanding campus underutilization. BES searches 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. Through our efforts, BES has shown that we have increased the strength and size of applicant pools, the number of diverse candidates, and the percentage of affirmative action goals met in the searches we manage.

BES conducts a process mindful of equity and inclusion at every step. From identifying search committees with representative diversity to screening, interviewing, and selection that incorporates inclusive language, process, evaluation, and engagement. We not only lead with inclusive practices but also advocate for innovative best practices to ensure an inclusive thought. This also incorporates the training and tools to address managing unconscious bias in the hiring process.

When you work with our team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Of all the searches Berkeley Executive Search has hired for at the UC Berkeley campus since 2019, the people hired who self-identified were 62% female and 57% person of color; 83% were either female, a person of color, and/or an individual with a disability. This is as of May 2023.