In summer 2019 each academic dean appointed an Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor to lead within their units on matters of equity, inclusion, and diversity. The Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor is a senior ladder faculty member who participates in the faculty recruitment process by raising awareness of best practices. They also organize faculty development programs, address individual issues raised by women and underrepresented minority faculty, and serve as a resource in division for faculty members seeking more information about equity, inclusion, diversity, and broadening participation in higher education.

Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisors report directly to their deans, and also work closely with and provide invaluable advice to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Eight UC campuses have implemented Faculty Equity Advisor programs, and the concept was initiated at UC Irvine in 2001 through a National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE Program.