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Graduate Diversity Professionals

Graduate Diversity Officers 

The role of Graduate Diversity Officers is to:

  1. Provide leadership to deans, faculty, academic programs, Academic Senate committees and administrative units to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies that eliminate barriers for historically underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  2. Advise, counsel, and advocate for historically underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in order to enhance their success at UC Davis.
  3. Write or provide support of grant proposals for resources to administer programs that enhance diversity within graduate education.

Josephine Moreno, Ph.D.
Graduate Diversity Officer: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) & Education

An alumna of UC Davis, Dr. Josephine Moreno is the Graduate Diversity Director for Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences (HASS) and Education.  Josephine earned her B.S. from UC Davis and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Following a postdoctoral year at UC Davis she was also a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. She comes to UC Davis from UC Berkeley where she was the Graduate Diversity Director in the Arts & Humanities Division. Josephine is committed to supporting first generation and historically underrepresented students in higher education to successfully complete their graduate degrees at UC Davis. Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff may contact Josephine by emailing

Devin Horton, Ph.D.
Graduate Diversity Officer: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Dr. Devin L. Horton is the Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM disciplines at UC Davis. With nearly 10 years of experience in teaching and program development, Dr. Horton has a strong background in mentoring and student success. A Los Angeles native, Dr. Horton was the first in her family to attend college and the only one to earn a Ph.D. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Tuskegee University and her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.  It is her experience as a first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged student that fuels her passion for providing effective and comprehensive student support. Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff may contact Devin by emailing

Graduate Studies Diversity Professionals

UC LEADS Program

Lynne Arcangel
Director, Graduate Preparatory Programs 

Lynne enjoys the variety of programming and activities in her position as Coordinator of UC LEADS, Professional Development & Diversity. As a native of Davis, she appreciates the opportunity to share her experiences and stories about the campus and surrounding community to students considering UC Davis for graduate study. Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff may contact Lynne by emailing

McNair Scholars Program and Guardian Professions Program

Jose M. Ballesteros, Ph.D.
Director, McNair Scholars Program

Jose works with the McNair staff and graduate assistants to help McNair Scholars make the transition from inexperienced undergraduates to skilled researchers and intellectual colleagues. His vision as the McNair Program Director is to cultivate an environment where scholars are given all the necessary tools to excel academically and prepare to pursue a doctorate degree. Jose holds a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology from the University of California, Davis.  Students, faculty and staff may contact Jose by emailing

Jacques Bowyer
McNair Outreach Coordinator and Advisor

As the McNair Scholars advisor, Jacques assists underrepresented students to realize their dreams of pursuing a Ph.D. and completing graduate school. He feels that strong, solid connections are the key to a student’s success.  Jacques’ commitment is evident in his words, “Counseling and advising are not only my profession, but my passion”. Students may contact Jacques by emailing

UC Davis Diversity Professionals and Resources

For your reference we have assembled the contact information of on campus diversity professionals and key graduate students and resources. Graduate students and the broader campus community are encouraged to be in contact with these persons or resources regarding diversity questions or issues.  See UC Davis Graduate Diversity Professionals and Resources handout.