"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 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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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:
Past DECADE Presses:
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:
STEM: Maryam Asghari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HASS: Steven Mejia (email@example.com)
Edith Medina Huarita (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Taffeta Wood (email@example.com)
Campus Coordinator Chair:
Adrien Arias (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Arts & Humanities
Erica Cheung &
Stephanie Pullés & Jessica Kang
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 email@example.com if you have any speaker suggestions.
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