Call for Applications

The Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) is seeking Diversity and Community Fellows for the next academic year. Fellows will be appointed for the period August 14, 2023 through May 24, 2024. Diversity and Community Fellows, individually and collectively, will advance and implement the Diversity and Inclusion goals of OGD and the Graduate Division. Critical components of this work will include but are not limited to, supporting an inclusive graduate community and enhancing the cultural, academic, and professional experience of historically underrepresented students (e.g., students of color, low income and first generation college students, and LGBTQ+ students, undocumented students, etc.). Fellows will work across and within academic units to create healthy communities for graduate students. Fellows will report directly to Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity, Martha Chavez, and will collaborate with other members of the Office for Graduate Diversity.

Fellows’ projects may include:

  • Recruitment and outreach to current and prospective underrepresented students;
  • Development of a sustainable peer mentorship program;
  • Implementation of Graduate Diversity Task Force recommendations;
  • Providing training and workshops for graduate students on relevant issues;
  • Identification of successful diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus;
  • Other projects as co-developed by Fellows Cohort.
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Why become a Diversity and Community Fellow?

  • Opportunity to intentionally develop and improve leadership and professional skills around issues of diversity and inclusion for fellows as they explore academic and professional careers;
  • Work with Graduate Division peers to co-create the community you desire as a Cal graduate student;
  • Advocate to campus leadership on issues impacting underrepresented graduate students;
  • Participate in recruitment events with OGD.


Diversity and Community Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 per academic year, paid at the start of each semester. This annual stipend is in addition to any other awards, stipends and fellowships that students may be in receipt of, and doesn’t limit eligibility to hold academic appointments.

Requirements and Applications

All graduate and professional school students are welcome to apply. Students should be registered for the academic year for which their duties will occur, and should remain in good academic standing. Students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ students, students from low income backgrounds, students with disabilities, undocumented students, and other marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated experience with anti-racism work.

Applications for the Academic Year 2023-2024 can be found here:

Application deadline: April 26, 2023 at 5 p.m. PT. Finalists will be contacted for interviews in May 2023.

Time Commitment

Diversity and Community Fellows will be expected to commit to 20 hours of engagement per month during the academic year. Fellows’ weekly commitment will be co-constructed between fellows and OGD leadership and will include office hours for peer advising. Fellows must be available Mondays at 5pm for monthly Fellows Meetings and OGD Team Meetings.

Submit your application.

Connect with a Diversity & Community Fellow

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Contact the Office for Graduate Diversity at [email protected]