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Building an Inclusive and Principled Culture of Collaboration

Conversations about teamwork and values can often better shape how teams work together. After conversations with deans, provosts, and within the EVC's Senior Leadership Team, we developed this written set of meeting guidelines and leadership principles for how we work together. Reflecting on and refining these as a group has led to valuable insights and built a sense of shared purpose.

Meeting Guide

During our meetings, we will:

  • Scrutinize ideas rigorously, yet in a manner that is courteous and respectful of one another
  • Aim to craft proposals that are based on data and objective analysis, and that incorporate gentle implementation practices (since change and cultural shifts are difficult)
  • Treat everyone's ideas the same, regardless of rank [e.g., if the EVC proposes an idea with gaping holes in it… you must bring this up promptly!]
  • Consider how our ideas and proposals would impact the least advantaged members of campus
  • Recall that congeniality can help us all cope with the tough issues we deal with in our roles

Leadership Principles

UC San Diego Academic Affairs Leaders Work Together by:

  1. Making decisions and taking actions based on alignment with university priorities and the Principles of Community.
  2. Adopting a collaborative, service-oriented approach in supporting our colleagues and students, for the good of the institution. This includes recognizing the constraints our colleagues may be facing.
  3. Seeking input from our constituents (students, staff, faculty, partners) when decisions may impact them or their work.
  4. Keeping fellow leaders informed about emergent matters that may impact their units, our students, our employees, or the institution.
  5. Taking our concerns about university operations or policies to the relevant administrator (or our own supervisor) so they can be addressed appropriately.
  6. Routinely seeking help from other leaders when facing challenging issues. In matters related to compliance, we consult OPHD, Campus Counsel, the Research Integrity Office, Academic Personnel, HR, or the Risk & Compliance Office whenever a matter might possibly fall within their sphere.
  7. Addressing difficult situations that arise within our units, in accordance with the Principles of Community, so the institution can continue to improve.
  8. Remembering that our units exist to support the institution's mission and strategic plan.