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In the Department of Neurosurgery at UC San Diego, we affirm our commitment to Regents Principles of Diversity in our educational, clinical, research, and human resources programs and actively seek out those individuals for training and employment who desire to join with us in creating an environment rich in opportunity for all individuals. 

We seek to be a leader in clinical care for the diverse communities of San Diego, Imperial, Southern Riverside, and Orange counties as well as Northwestern Mexico. You will find fluent speakers of Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Hindi, Vietnamese, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Turkish, and English amongst our staff and faculty.  We have outreach clinics to underserved communities as far away as El Centro, California, two hours to the East of our main campus.  In recent years we have had active cultural, scientific, and clinical exchanges with neurosurgical clinics in China, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and Africa.  Our research has probed the economic and racial disparities underlying clinical neurosurgical care in the United States.   

Dr. William Taylor leads the Department Diversity Committee, which is charged with overseeing the Departmental Diversity Plan including the development of appropriate educational programming, making recommendations regarding recruitment of a diverse student, resident, and faculty into the Department, and the development of cultural diversity training information for our health care providers. 

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"The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history into the present. Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.

Because the core mission of the University of California is to serve the interests of the State of California, it must seek to achieve diversity among its student bodies and among its employees. The State of California has a compelling interest in making sure that people from all backgrounds perceive that access to the University is possible for talented students, staff, and faculty from all groups. The knowledge that the University of California is open to qualified students from all groups, and thus serves all parts of the community equitably, helps sustain the social fabric of the State.

Diversity should also be integral to the University’s achievement of excellence. Diversity can enhance the ability of the University to accomplish its academic mission. Diversity aims to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. Ideas, and practices based on those ideas, can be made richer by the process of being born and nurtured in a diverse community. The pluralistic university can model a process of proposing and testing ideas through respectful, civil communication. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.

Therefore, the University of California renews its commitment to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity. The University particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented."