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Graduate Diversity Initiatives

Carmen Cortez, a graduate in ecology, stands in the Ecological Garden of the Student Farm

The Alliance for Multi-campus, Inclusive Graduate Admissions (AMIGA)

The Alliance for Multi-campus, Inclusive Graduate Admissions (AMIGA) is a collaboration with UCLA and the University of Southern California on a grant supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant brings together faculty from select graduate programs and groups to develop holistic review for graduate admissions in a final total of eight humanities and humanistic social science graduate programs at each UC campus. Holistic review considers a wide range of applicant attributes and skills, in addition to other academic measures.

For the AMIGA project, faculty development modules on inclusive graduate admissions have been developed and delivered through faculty-training-faculty  sessions.  AMIGA leadership are also hosting two forums to disseminate inclusive graduate education scholarship and practices over the 4.5 years of the grant. The first AMIGA Forum was held in October 2018 and focused on participating faculty and campuses. For the second AMIGA Forum, that will be held in 2021, representatives from all 10 UC campuses will be invited to participate.

For more information about the project, please see the AMIGA website or contact project director and Co-PI, Dr. Josephine Moreno, Graduate Diversity officer.

The UC-HBCU Initiative

The UC-HBCU Initiative is a program offered by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).  The program connects faculty and undergraduate scholars at both UC (University of California) and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) campuses. Through faculty-guided summer programs undergraduates learn how to conduct research and develop professional skills and knowledge  of graduate school in a variety of academic disciplines.  A goal of the program is to increase the pool of talented, competitive, Black and African American students who apply to and pursue graduate degrees and professional training at one of our ten UC campuses. Learn more about UC-HBCU program by visiting the University of California website.

Envision UC Davis

Envision UC Davis is a program aimed at creating a more diverse and talented workforce at UC Davis, in the State of California, and the nation. Participants learn about the graduate programs at UC Davis, engage with current graduate students and faculty, Receive helpful tips about the graduate school application process. Accommodations, meals, and transportation subsidies will be provided for all accepted participants. The program was launched by Chancellor Gary S. May in spring 2018.

Learn more about Envision UC Davis by visiting the Envision UC Davis website.