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

In the 2014-15 academic year, the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) was institutionalized and is now housed under the ADVANCE program. DECADE continues its mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities receiving doctoral degrees at UCI. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the DECADE program. Prior to its institutionalization, DECADE was funded by a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from 2010-2014.

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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 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.


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 Faculty mentors can apply for a one-year grant, up to $30,000, to support activities that improve recruitment, climate, academic progress and career success for a diverse student population in Ph.D or M.F.A programs. 

Applications will be available in Spring quarter.

2016 Awardees

Previous awardees:

2015 Awardees

2014 Awardees

2013 Awardees

2012 Awardees


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, more info.

For information on getting involved contact Jason Cruz or any of the Chairs below:

Council Co-Chairs:
Lisa Baik (soyeonb1@uci.edu)
Henry Lem (hlem1@uci.edu)

Laureen Hom (ldhom@uci.edu)

Education Chair:
Dominique Ingato (dingato@uci.edu)

Public Relations Co-Chairs:
Elaine Andres (ekandres@uci.edu)
Jessica Pruett (pruettj@uci.edu)

Recruitment Co-Chairs:
Miles Davison (mdaviso1@uci.edu)
Sara Villalta (svillalt@uci.edu)

Campus Coordinator Chair:
Connie Kang (kangcy1@uci.edu)


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. Awards of up to $1,000 are available. 


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 Winter 2016

Past DECADE Presses:

DECADE Press Fall 2015

DECADE Press Spring 2015

DECADE Press Winter 2015

DECADE Press Spring 2014

DECADE Press Fall 2013


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.

Winter 2016

Roberta Espinoza - February 9, 2016

  • Pivotal Moments: How Faculty-Student Relationships Shape Career Aspirations and Success

See past events below

Laura O'Dell - October 23, 2015

  • The Road Less Traveled: Science as a Platform for Promoting Diversity

Nicole Stephens - March 11, 2015

  • The Benefits of a Cultural Match: The Case of Social Class and Higher Education

Julie Posselt - November 17, 2014

  • Merit, Diversity, & Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education

Frank Bayliss - October 28, 2014

  • Predictors of Graduate Success: Myths about GPA & GRE

Daniel Solorzano - May 21, 2014

  • Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Mircoaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism

George Lipsitz - April 16, 2014

  • Diversity as a Form of Quality Control: Why a Diverse University is a Better University

Mary Yu Danico - February 4, 2014

  • Real Talk: Surviving the Academic Culture

Keivan Guadalupe Stassun - January 14, 2014

  • The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Ph.D Bridge Program: A Model for Dramatically Increasing Diversity at the Ph.D Level in Science and Engineering

Phillip Atiba Goff - October 16, 2013

  • Identity Traps: Psychology of Contemporary Discrimination Through the Lens of Law Enforcement

Marta Tienda - May 30,2012

  • Diversifying Graduate Programs: Best Practices for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Frances Leslie, Susan Coutin, Doug Haynes, Carrie Carmody - April 18, 2012

  • Perceptions of Diversity at UCI: 2010 DECADE Climate Survey Free Response Analysis

Carlos V. Grijalva - December 1, 2011

Erwin Chemerinsky - October 17, 2011


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.

Spring 2016 - May 16th from 12-1:30pm in the GRC (Click here to RSVP)

Winter 2016

Fall 2015


For Questions related to the DECADE Initiative please contact the DECADE and Recruitment Coordinator, Jason Cruz, jason.cruz@uci.edu, (949)824-1281