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Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Ethnicity

Why did UC San Diego add questions pertaining to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation to the Graduate Application?

On October 8, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 620, which includes a request that UC provide the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to report their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression on any forms used to collect demographic data.

In 2012, then UC President Mark Yudof created and charged the Task Force & Implementation Team on LGBT Climate and Inclusion (LGBT Task Force) with developing priorities, strategies, and expected resource requirements to advance recommendations submitted by the LGBT Working Group of the President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate and Inclusion. On May 30, 2014, the LGBT Task Force presented a report to UC President Janet Napolitano with a recommendation to implement AB 620.

In September 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano formed the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT+ Students, Faculty, and Staff, which is comprised of faculty, LGBT+ Center staff, students, and community experts. They were charged with making the UC system a gold standard for LGBT+ issues, and to provide recommendations for the implementation of AB 620 by collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation through the admission application.

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Why do you want to know my ethnicity?

This information is used for statistical purposes only by UC, government agencies, and researchers.  Providing this information is optional, and it does not affect your chances for admission.

What if I am biracial or multi-ethnic?

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