American Indian Graduate Program ParticipantsThe American Indian Graduate Program reinforces intersectional student development and infrastructure at UC Berkeley by highlighting and celebrating Indigenous applications within graduate level research to ensure full student participation. This effort is demonstrated by providing mentorship and reinforcement by coordinating and facilitating specific campus resources and individuals, so that American Indian graduate students can realize their full academic potential at Berkeley.

AIGP has fostered a new approach towards UC Berkeley research that can integrate diverse ways of knowing and inclusion of Indigenous methodologies, and concepts of tribal stewardship within the academy that are aligned professional career goals. This new approach on behalf of AIGP has encouraged Indigenous and other underrepresented graduate students to see themselves included within the UC academy as diverse professionals, utilizing necessary campus resources to demonstrate the value of studying indigenous applications for their own culture and community aspirations.

AIGP provides graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff access to a series of Native American career leadership seminars and programming that promote professional mentorship with faculty, fellow graduate students, and Native American professionals engaged in tribally inclined professional careers at UC Berkeley. Read more about AIGP and the program’s goals here.

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One-on-one Appointments

If you are considering graduate study with UC Berkeley, consider making a one-on-one appointment with our AIGP Diversity and Community Fellow Morino Baca.

Reach out to Morino Baca to make an appointment, and read about his research.


Outreach and Recruitment

AIGP seeks to overcome barriers that prevent American Indians and Alaska Natives from applying to graduate programs at UC Berkeley by identifying, contacting, and encouraging interested individuals regarding Berkeley’s programs and the process of admission.

Advice and Advocacy

AIGP assists the UC Berkeley Graduate Division and individual departments and schools in identifying and addressing barriers that prevent American Indians and Alaska Natives from full participation in Berkeley’s graduate programs.


AIGP provides and promotes services to identify and eliminate barriers that may prevent American Indian and Alaska Native students from the full opportunity for academic success at Berkeley.


AIGP promotes the inclusion of Native American history, culture, and perspectives in Berkeley programs and curriculum.

Read about indigenous women leaders on our UC Berkeley 150 Years of Women at Berkeley webpage.


The AIGP Advisory Committee of the American Indian Graduate Program is composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni and tribal community representatives committed to advancing American Indian/Alaska Native graduate education. The committee advises and supports AIGP’s efforts to recruit, retain and advance American Indian Graduate students at UC Berkeley, and enhance university educational climate to achieve these ends. The committee fulfills these functions by supporting:

  • Faculty, student, staff, alumni and tribal commitment to AIGP goals.
  • University and complementary programs that enhance the academic and professional success of American Indian graduate students.
  • Respectful integration of American Indian knowledge, cultures and issues in the mainstream of campus life.


Ataya Cesspooch

Sierra Edd

AIGP Advisory Committee

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327 Sproul Hall # 5900
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900


598/597 Barrows Hall
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Phone(510) 642-3228

Patrick Naranjo   
Program Director