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.


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.


Jenna Burrell
Associate Professor
312 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


Shelley Kim
Assistant 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


Catherine Cronquist Browning
Catherine Cronquist Browning
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
104 South Hall

For alumni

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

Contact: Rebecca Andersen


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

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Featured Alumni

“The diversity at the I School is not only refreshing, but rejuvenating. Peers and professors come from a multitude of backgrounds that rarely overlap, providing for an enriched academic, cultural, and professional experience.”

—Dina Bseiso
MIMS 2017

“I think we can do a better job of using the Internet to tap into how people are doing, how they’re feeling, and what matters to them — online democracy, in a way, but minus the hype.”

—Galen Panger
Ph.D. 2017

Last updated:

June 4, 2018