Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD)

Providing support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community.

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OGD 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

For Prospective Students — Outreach & Admissions Assistance

We want you to know that you belong here. The Office for Graduate Diversity staff visits colleges and universities across the country to encourage students to apply to UC Berkeley.

We provide students with graduate school admissions assistance, as well as information and strategic planning on the application process and statements of purpose.

Learn more about Resources for Prospective Students 

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For Current Students — Academic Support & Mentoring

We ensure you have the support you need throughout your graduate studies, from admission to completion of your degree. We offer assistance in planning for personal and academic success, professional development, and post-graduation plans. Should you require tutoring or have special-need circumstances, financial assistance is available. 

The Director of the Office for Graduate Diversity, staff, and campus diversity directors provide mentoring on an ongoing basis. Advising and counseling are available to all currently enrolled.

students and those considering applying to UC Berkeley, as well as advising on financial planning and funding.

Learn more about Resources & Support for Current Students 

Office for Graduate Diversity - Diversity Day

We look forward to serving you

Office for Graduate Diversity
327 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900
Email: grad.diversity@berkeley.edu

Denzil Streete
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Graduate Division Chief of Staff
denzil@berkeley.edu

Cynthia Ladd-Viti
Assistant Director
clv@berkeley.edu

Graduate student on campus.

Sarah Acosta
Program Coordinator
s_acosta@berkeley.edu

Patrick Naranjo   
Program Director, American Indian Graduate Program
pnaranjo@berkeley.edu

Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez 
Director, McNair Scholars Program
juanfesteva@berkeley.edu