Office for Graduate Diversity

Following campus and local leadership directives in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Office for Graduate Diversity will be closed until further notice.

Please note that GiGS classes are continuing remotely, STEM*FYI programming is postponed, and information for the Firebaugh program can be found at We welcome students to reach out to us at the with any questions or concerns.

The Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) provides support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community.

The Office for Graduate Diversity serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of underrepresented students, including those who are undocumented, first generation college students, and those who are educationally and financially challenged.

For over 45 years, UC Berkeley has been committed to encouraging and supporting underrepresented students on the Berkeley campus. The Office for Graduate Diversity was established to provide outreach, confidential advising, and mentoring support to students who seek to obtain graduate degrees at UC Berkeley.

How we help


Graduate school admissions assistance is available. Information and strategic planning on the application process and statements of purpose is provided to students.

Academic Support

Financial assistance can be provided for tutoring and special need circumstances. Assistance in planning for personal and academic success, professional development, and post-graduation plans.


Is undertaken by the Director of the Office for Graduate Diversity, staff, and campus diversity directors on an ongoing basis. Advising and Counseling: Available to all currently enrolled students and those considering applying to UC Berkeley. Advising on financial planning and funding.


The Office for Graduate Diversity staff visits colleges and universities across the country to encourage students to apply to UC Berkeley.

We look forward to serving you

Office for Graduate Diversity
327 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900

Cynthia Ladd-Viti
Interim Director
Phone: 510-643-2103

Sarah Acosta
Program Coordinator
Phone: 510-643-6010