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PhD+ Series – Speaking Up to Bias with De Acker

November 2, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  Graduate Student Commons, Room 204


De Acker, Campus Ombuds, Office of Ombuds

This workshop will explore how to address bias when it is directed at you or someone else. We’ll review what bias is, how it shows up, and the impact it can have. We’ll discuss and practice ways to respond directly or as a bystander, and how to offer support. Participants will leave with a set of options for response, support, and resources to address incidents of bias.

De Acker comes to UC Santa Cruz with more than three decades of UC experience. She served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Women’s Center for 12 years before joining UC Merced to serve as the assistant dean of the School of Natural Sciences. After founding the campus’s first ombuds office, she went on to establish the UC Merced Office of Campus Climate, which coordinated campus diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. De also served as a staff advisor to the UC Board of Regents from 2014-2016.


This workshop is presented by the Division of Graduate Studies and co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute as part of our 2023-2024 PhD+ series. The Division of Graduate Studies’ workshops are for current UC Santa Cruz graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and require an active UC Santa Cruz email address.

About the PhD+ Workshop Series

Join us for the eighth year of PhD+ Workshops, hosted (or co-sponsored) by The Humanities Institute. Our meetings provide the opportunity to discuss possible career paths for PhDs, internship possibilities, grant/fellowships, work/life balance, elements of style, online identity issues, and much, much more.


November 2, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Graduate Student Commons, Room 204
420 Hagar Dr
Santa Cruz, 95064
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