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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.


Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Support

First Year Graduate Student Learning Community (pilot program 2020-2021)*

The aim of First Year Graduate Student Learning Community (FYGSLC) program is to establish an environment at UC Davis that promotes the seamless transition of first year graduate students from marginalized communities into STEM** doctoral programs. Students will participate in a biweekly seminar that unmasks the "hidden curriculum" of graduate school, receive enhanced, cross disciplinary mentoring, and will be encouraged to engage in additional social development activities to build community within the cohort. 

*Applications for this program is now closed.

**Upon successful completion of the pilot program, the FYGSLC will become open to all disciplines (2021-2022)

Virtual Community Dinners


The goal of the biweekly Community Dinners is to engage in social interactions in an effort to make UC Davis feel more like home. Specifically, the environment is relaxed and inviting and meant to be an opportunity for students to rejuvenate and build lasting connections.

The Community Dinners happen on Tuesdays biweekly, starting Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

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