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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
For prospective students
Contact: Shelley Kim
For current students
Reach out for support in your educational and professional journey at the I School.
Contact: Catherine Cronquist Browning
Join us in supporting our vision for equity at the I School and beyond.
Contact: Rebecca Andersen
“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.”
“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.”