Diversity and Inclusion Resources
The Office for Graduate Diversity serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of underrepresented students, including those who are undocumented, first generation college students, and those who are educationally and financially challenged.
UC Berkeley Campus Resources
As part of UC Berkeley's mission to foster academic excellence through diversity, the American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP) seeks, through outreach, individual recruitment, and student services, to counteract the barriers that prevent the full participation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in graduate education.
The Berkeley International Office's mission is to enhance the academic experiences of international students and scholars by providing the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming to the UC Berkeley campus community. BIO provides advising for nonimmigrant students, scholars, staff, and faculty; visa document production for nonimmigrant students and scholars; programs and workshops for students and scholars; and training and support for campus administrators and faculty. Drop-in advising is available.
Graduate group, founded in 1987 by a group of African American graduate students enrolled at Berkeley. BGESS has dedicated itself to the nurturing of academic and social support systems for students of African Heritage, whose contributions to the fields of Graduate Engineering and Physical Sciences have been historically underrepresented.
The Black Graduate Student Association primarily seeks to build community amongst incoming and continuing graduate students of African descent across the African diaspora. BGSA also seeks to reach out and support other members of the Black community on the UC Berkeley campus and in the East Bay. BGSA's creation was sparked by graduate students' firm belief in the power of having an organized and active space for Black graduate students to know each other, support each other, and address various concerns of the Black community both inside and outside of the University.
CalNERDS provides programs and initiatives that support non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with a special emphasis on working with students in physical sciences, technology, and engineering fields. The community is made up of diverse NERDS including LGBTQ, low-income, first-generation, underrepresented, student parents, transfer, re-entry, disabled, foster, undocumented, and women. Programs include faculty mentored research opportunities, specialized tech training, graduate school and career preparation, and professional development to high achieving diversity undergraduate and graduate students in STEM.
The Cal Veteran Services Center is dedicated to providing programs and services in support of the academic and personal success of student veterans.
The Gender Equity Resource Center, fondly referred to as GenEq, is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality.
LAGSES is an inclusive multicultural organization that strives to increase diversity on campus by recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented advanced degree students in STEM. LAGSES aims to provide a support network for minority graduate students by organizing outreach, networking, and community service activities throughout the year. LAGSES also organizes social events to create a cohesive group of members that extends beyond the academic setting and include other on-campus organizations and nearby universities to amplify our reach.
A student-won, student-led space, the Multicultural Community Center strives to integrate student-driven and community-oriented management, decision-making and visioning in everything that we do. In conjunction with our close partners, the MCC facilitates students' greater involvement in multicultural-related education, collaborations, and cross/inter-cultural community building.
The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment for faculty, staff, and students that is free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. OPHD takes reports alleging discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation/identity, including allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Confidential advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.
The Restorative Justice Center offers strategies and processes to help individuals and campus communities respond to “harm events,” including offensive or harmful speech and behavior, that cause people to feel marginalized or excluded based on ethnicity, gender identity or other identity category.
STEM Fam is a monthly dinner group on campus at Berkeley, uniting under-represented minority (URM) graduate students and postdocs. These dinners aim to build a community among URM students and postdocs while simultaneously improving diversity in STEM through academic and career development as well as discussions about the current environment at Berkeley and how it can be improved. In addition, the dinners create a welcoming community on campus in which mentoring relationships can naturally develop and the monthly events provide a regular opportunity and comfortable space for individuals to meet each other and seek support.
STEM*FYI supports first-year historically underrpresented STEM scholars, including students of color, women, LGBTQ+, low income, first-generation, disabled, and undocumented students. Sign up here
The Student Parent Center is committed to the holistic support and success of a highly motivated population of undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged scholars, as well as devoted parents at UC Berkeley. The center is a centralized multi-purpose campus resource, where students can seek informed advice, develop leadership skills, engage in informal study groups, nurse babies, change diapers, celebrate achievements, recover from setback, and form lasting friendships.
I School Resources
Each department or school at Berkeley has a faculty equity advisor who helps ensure that diversity and equity are considered in all aspects of the academic mission. Faculty equity advisors participate in strategic planning, faculty recruitment and retention, graduate student admission and advancement, fostering a climate of equity and inclusion. The current faculty equity advisor at the School of Information is Professor Jenna Burrell.
The Information Management Student Association represents MIMS student perspectives, organizes events, and promotes community within the I School. IMSA's Recruitment Chair provides outreach to admitted students to welcome them into the I School community, and the Social Good Chair pursues initiatives that benefit society, including diversity, inclusion, and equity projects.
The Women in MIDS initiative hosts focused discussions for women in the program — including faculty, students, and alumni — about their experiences in the program and their respective fields/professional domains. The group hosts regular online meetings as well as a designated discussion channel on Slack.
Beyond UC Berkeley
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; see website for additional eligibility requirements.
The Tapia Conferences brings together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate the diversity that exists in computing; connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference; obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry; be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds. Current I School students may consult student affairs staff regarding opportunities to attend.
The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with ACM. Current I School students may consult student affairs staff regarding opportunities to attend.
NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.