Graduate Division

DECADE

"DECADE offers an opportunity for professional development while fueling an imperative mission for students who are passionate about our country's social climate."

DECADE stands for the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience. In collaboration with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, this program provides a diverse group of UCI graduate students with a supportive community consisting of faculty, staff, and students; resources tailored to fit specific needs, and a wide variety of professional development and leadership opportunities. DECADE seeks to improve inclusive excellence by increasing the participation and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate programs. As part of the program’s mission to promote inclusive excellence in graduate education, DECADE provides a wide range of resources that all graduate students are welcomed to take advantage of, such as:

    • Competitive Edge Summer Research Program
    • DECADE Community Meetings
    • DECADE Faculty Mentors
    • DECADE Learning Communities
    • DECADE Press
    • DECADE Speaker Series
    • DECADE Student Council
    • DECADE Student Travel Awards
    • WATzUP Community Outreach

DECADE

DECADE Competitive Edge Summer Research Program

The DECADE Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is a summer pre-entry program geared towards incoming Ph.D and M.F.A students who are underrepresented in their disciplines. Participants conduct faculty mentored research and participate in workshops that prepare them to successfully transition to graudate school.

DECADE Community Meetings

DECADE meetings provide a safe space and serve as platforms for students to speak freely about their experiences in graduate school.  They also serve as a venue for students to connect with their peers and discuss topics related to diversity and campus climate. 

Community meetings take place twice each quarter.  To find out dates and locations of these and other DECADE events, join the DECADE listserv by emailing uci-decade@uci.edu.

Equity Advisors

DECADE will transform campus climate by adapting and extending the work of ADVANCE Equity Advisors to include graduate education.  Equity Advisors within each school provide a critical link between central administrative support services and individual faculty and graduate students.  Equity Advisors are senior faculty members who participate in faculty recruitment by approving search strategies and raising awareness of Best Practices. Additionally, they organize faculty development programs, with both formal and informal mentoring, and address individual issues raised by women and underrepresented minority faculty.  Equity advisors will also collaborate with DECADE Faculty Mentors to develop best practices for nurturing an inclusive climate for all graduate students.

DECADE Events

Fall 2018

DECADE Fall Welcome  

TBD

 

 

DECADE Faculty Mentors

Through collaborations, Faculty Mentors foster inclusive excellence at the graduate level. They work with students, faculty and administrators to improve climate, inclusion and access within their academic programs.

DECADE Journal Club

The quarterly Journal Club encourages scholarly discussion between faculty and students pertaining to issues of diversity in higher education by focusing on a peer-reviewed academic journal article that studies these issues.  Below are the journal articles that were discussed.

Winter 2018

Fall 2017

DECADE Press

The Student Council produces a quarterly newsletter that informs graduate students about upcoming events, career planning and professional development opportunities. The newsletter also provides spotlights on faculty and current graduate students, and reflections on past events related to diversity and other topics relevant to graduate education. Hardcopies of the most recent DECADE Press can be picked up at the Graduate Division (Aldrich Hall 120) or the Graduate Resource Center
A copy of the most current Press can be found below:

DECADE Press Spring 2018

Past DECADE Presses:

DECADE Press Fall 2017

DECADE Press Winter 2018

DECADE Student Council

The Student Council, which is comprised of current graduate students, serves as an advisory role to DECADE leadership, Faculty Mentors and Equity Advisors, and the Graduate Dean's Diversity Council. They help plan and organize DECADE programming and events.  Click here for more info.

For information on getting involved contact Claudia Campos or any of the Chairs below:

Council Co-Chairs:
STEM: Maryam Asghari (masghar1@uci.edu)

HASS: Steven Mejia (samejia1@uci.edu

Secretary:
Edith Medina Huarita (emedinah@uci.edu

Education Chair:
Taffeta Wood (tswood@uci.edu)

Public Relations Co-Chairs:
Lead Editor: Melina Pinales (mpinales@uci.edu)
Public Relations: Janielle Vidal (jsvidal@uci.edu)

Recruitment Co-Chairs:
Elena Dominguez (endoming@uci.edu
Daniel Jaimes (djaimes@uci.edu

Campus Coordinator Chair:
Adrien Arias (adriena@uci.edu)

School Based Councils

While we we invite students to be involved with the campus-wide DECADE events that we organize, we also recognize the importance of school-based councils that can gather students to discuss school specific issues and resources based on the needs of each discipline.  We strongly encourage the formation of school-based DECADE student councils that will:

  • Provide a safe space for graduate students to discuss issues they may be facing
  • Promote opportunities for graduate students to implement programming regarding diversity
  • Promote more dialogue between graduate students and faculty, especially regarding diversity
  • Build and sustain an inclusive school-wide culture for all graduate students

If you are looking to start a school-based council in your school or department, please contact our Campus Coordinator, Francisco Gutierrez Carranza.

As of Fall 2017, here are the current school-based councils that we know of.  Please contact the students directly if they are from your program/school to see how you can be involved.

School

Student Contact

Email

Arts & Humanities

Erica Cheung &

Wujun Ke

ericamc1@uci.edu & wujunk@uci.edu

Biological Sciences

Alberto Soto

alberts2@uci.edu

Education

Doron Zinger

dzinger@uci.edu

ICS & Engineering

Laia Ferrer Argemi &

Maryam Asghari

ferreral@uci.edu, ma@apep.uci.edu

Physical Sciences

Kristen McKee

kamckee@uci.edu

Social Sciences

Stephanie Pullés & Jessica Kang

spulles@uci.edu, jessick9@uci.edu

If your school/program has an active student council and it is not listed here, please email Francisco Gutierrez Carranza and Claudia Campos.

DECADE Student Travel Awards

Graduate students who actively participate in DECADE are eligible and encouraged to apply for funds to support their travel to professional development or research conferences. Active partcipation includes, but is not limited to, holding leadership positions in campuswide and school-based councils, organizing diversity and inclusion-based programs with DECADE Faculty Mentors, and holding mentoring positions for Graduate Division programs including DECADE PLUS, Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and Competitive Edge.

Awards of up to $1,000 are available. 

The 2018-2019 DECADE Travel Award application is now available here 

DECADE Speaker Series

This program features distinguished speakers from across the country to present on issues related to diversity in higher education and provides an opportunity for the DECADE community to engage in the dicussion of inclusive climate and diversity in graduate education. Please email diversity@rgs.uci.edu if you have any speaker suggestions.

Spring 2018

Mark Lawson, Ph.D. - May 17, 2018

  • Supporting Diversity and Success in Graduate Training: Novel Approaches to Preparing for Entrance Into and Exit From Graduate and Post-Doctoral Training. 

See past events below

Charis Kurbrin, Ph.D. - March 9, 2018

  • Rethinking Crime and Immigration

Tyrone Howard, Ph.D. - December 5, 2017

  • Creating Access and Equity for All Students

We Are Them (WATz Up) Community Outreach

At UC Irvine, we are committed to engaging similarities and differences with respect and humility in order to create an inclusive environment for our diverse campus community.  As an extension of this commitment, the Graduate Division at UC Irvine has developed a program called ‘We Are Them’ (WATz Up) to provide workshops for our local K-12 schools, with WATz Up Jr. designed for our younger friends. The workshops use interactive activities to promote the importance of communication and kindness. The primary goal is to help students develop the skills needed to be successful in the classroom and beyond.  These workshops are facilitated by UCI staff and current graduate students involved with our DECADE program.  DECADE stands for Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience and its mission is to promote an affirmative climate for all graduate students.  For questions or to set-up a classroom visit, please contact Dr. Phong Luong at 949-824-0246 or email at pbluong@uci.edu.