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I School Community

The School of Information is the proud home of a welcoming community, which includes students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nations, cultures, and experiences. Our faculty, students, and staff share the vision for a vibrant and inclusive I School. Our students hail from more than a dozen countries and the majority of US states. Our community includes students with disabilities, students of color, student parents, veterans, first-generation college graduates, and those seeking a career change. Gender diversity ranges from one-quarter to one-half women depending on the program, and we strive to be inclusive and welcoming for LGBTQ students.

We’re building a diverse and inclusive community, and we need your help. Because the tech industry struggles with diversity and inclusion, especially with respect to women and underrepresented minorities, we know that we have a special responsibility to address these issues directly before sending our graduates on to careers in the public and private sectors. As an information school at a public university in close proximity to Silicon Valley, we aim to be an agent of change.

“At Berkeley, one of the amazing things I see is how diverse backgrounds are respected and leveraged to deepen our understanding of how technology is impacting our world.”
–Steve Trush (MIMS ’18)

We know there’s work to do. We remain committed to expanding our recruitment efforts and to supporting an even wider variety of students who face challenging circumstances that impede their ability to pursue graduate education in technology and related fields. We particularly recognize the challenges facing women in STEM, underrepresented minority students, and other groups discouraged from pursuing education or professional opportunities in technology. We aim to focus on groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education or come from non-traditional educational backgrounds, as well as individuals who have demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers such as economic, social, or educational disadvantage.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are committed to continuing to recruit an amazing group of people who represent not only the diversity of California, but the nation and the world. We hope you’ll join us.

2018 I School graduates celebrate on the Berkeley campus before commencement.

Resources

A variety of resources and groups are available at UC Berkeley and beyond to provide support and community for our diverse I School populations. Learn more


From the Faculty Equity Advisor

Jenna Burrell (left) celebrates 2018 commencement with new MIMS graduates Meghana Murthy and Anna Cho.

My job as Faculty Equity Advisor is to ensure that diversity and equity are considered in all aspects of the School’s academic mission. I work with staff, faculty, and students to ensure that the School’s policies, practices, and procedures foster a friendly, fair, and professional environment. This includes participating in strategic planning, faculty recruitment, graduate student admissions, and fostering a climate of equity and inclusion.

I invite all I School faculty, staff, and students to reach out and set up a time to meet with me to share thoughts, ideas or concerns about the inclusiveness of our school.

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Jenna Burrell
Associate Professor
312 South Hall

MIDS Gender Equity Advisor

The MIDS Gender Equity Advisor is committed to supporting equity and inclusion across the MIDS program, especially as it relates to gender and intersectional diversity. The Gender Equity Advisor facilitates the Women in MIDS discussion group, serves on the Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship Committee, and encourages conversations about gender equity in the MIDS program and the data science profession among MIDS students and faculty.

The current Gender Equity Advisor in MIDS is Morgan Ames.

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Morgan Ames
Assistant Adjunct Professor Alumni (MIMS 2006)
305B South Hall

MIDS Equity and Inclusion Advisor

The MIDS Equity and Inclusion Advisor helps ensure that students experience an inclusive classroom environment. The Equity and Inclusion Advisor welcomes student dialogue to help identify ways in which MIDS can continue to foster a climate of equity and inclusion, and supports program faculty to develop inclusive course materials and practices.

The current Equity and Inclusion Advisor in MIDS is Mike Rivera.

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Michael Rivera
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Room 5, South Hall

For prospective students

Learn more about our vibrant community and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Inquire about application fee waivers for veterans and students in challenging financial circumstances.

Contact: Shelley Kim

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Shelley Kim
Associate Director of Admissions
102 South Hall

For current students

Reach out for support in your educational and professional journey at the I School.

Contact: Catherine Cronquist Browning

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Catherine Cronquist Browning
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and of Equity and Inclusion
103A South Hall

For alumni

Join us in supporting our vision for equity at the I School and beyond.

Contact: Rebecca Andersen

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Rebecca Andersen
Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations
104 South Hall

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Featured Alumni

Nisha Pathak

“I attribute many of my successes and my personal and professional growth to the driven, motivated, and brilliant community at the I School.”
— Nisha Pathak, MIMS 2018

Carlos Miguel Lasa

“In my time at the I School, I worked and debated with engineers, designers, philosophers, policy and nonprofit advocates, all of whom shared their unique perspectives to paint a bigger picture of how society must responsibly use information.”
— Carlos Miguel Lasa, MIMS 2016

Recent Community News

Last updated:

August 1, 2019