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Our Diversity Initiatives

From the Graduate Division and Office for Graduate Diversity

In July 2020, Vice Provost Lisa García Bedolla and fellow Graduate Division staff convened a working group to meet with graduate students and hear their concerns and suggestions about increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Cal.

Using what we heard in that forum, together with what other students and departments have shared with us in the past and the recommendations of the Graduate Diversity Task Force, we worked to co-create a set of concrete initiatives, focused on areas within our purview, that would begin to address needs of graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.

We’ve met all the goals outlined in 2020, and have addressed some of the structural pipeline challenges to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body. But there is still much work to be done, and our division looks forward to continuing to partner with students and the rest of our campus community to make Cal a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion for graduate students.