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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 to incoming female and minority Ph.D. and M.F.A. students who are underrepresented in their disciplines. Participants in Competitive Edge will conduct research under the direct supervision and guidance of a UC Irvine faculty member. The program features workshops and seminars designed to familiarize participants with campus resources, foster professional development, establish peer support networks and develop academic strategies to enhance the graduate education experience at UC Irvine. Current students are strongly encouraged to become peer mentors for the incoming graduate students in their discipline.


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. 


  • Equity Advisors can access valuable resources by logging into UCI WebFiles.
  • Current list of Equity Advisors.


DECADE Faculty Mentors will dedicate their efforts to nurturing a positive diversity climate within their academic programs by serving as a resource to graduate students and faculty.  DECADE Faculty Mentors will also collaborate with Equity Advisors and graduate students from their school to promote an inclusive climate for all students.  Current list of DECADE Faculty Mentors.


  • DECADE Mentors can access valuable resources by logging into UCI WebFiles.


Growth and support of a diverse graduate population continues to be a top strategic priority for UC Irvine.  The UC Irvine Graduate Division is currently seeking proposals to provide appropriate support to graduate students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in graduate education so that they feel welcome and thrive in their studies at UC Irvine.  Deadline to submit proposals: March 9, 2015 @ 12pm


Diversityville is the culmination of Dramatic Transformations, a program that uses drama to raise awareness of issues related to underrepresented minorities and women, to gender, ethnic, and cultural equity and diversity, as well as to campus climate in the UC Irvine graduate community, check out the video clip for more.


The DECADE Council is now accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 executive council positions! Descriptions of each position and instructions on how to submit a nomination can be found here.

The DECADE Student Council consists of current graduate students who are advisory to DECADE leadership, Equity Advisors, and the Graduate Dean’s Diversity Council.  They also help plan and organize programming and events for DECADE, including workshops and seminars.  There are two branches of the student council: the campuswide DECADE Student Council, and school-based student councils. Please contact Jason Cruz to find out if your school currently has its own council. If none exists, we will be happy to facilitate the creation of a new school-based council.

Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month in the Graduate Resource Center from 1:00 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m.
For information on getting involved contact Jason Cruz or any of the Chairs below:

Council Co-Chairs:
Afiya Browne (
Autumn Holmes (

James Pratt (

Education Chair:
Candice Gellner (

Communications Co-Chairs:
Tanya Sanabria(
Karen Jallatyan (

Recruitment Co-Chairs:
Julius Edson (
Mark Villegas (


The DECADE Student Travel Award Program will provide funds in support of travel to conferences providing an array of professional development opportunities for graduate students involved in DECADE.  Awards of up to $1,000 are available to DECADE doctoral students.  Students may be awarded conference travel funding through this program only ONCE per year.  Please note that the average award will be made in the $500 range. Please see the application for additional eligibility information.


The DECADE Student Council produces a printed quarterly newsletter that informs graduate students about upcoming events, fellowship deadlines, career planning and development, reflections on past events related to diversity and other topics relevant to graduate education. Hardcopies of the 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 2015

Past DECADE Presses:

DECADE Press Winter 2015

DECADE Press Spring 2014

DECADE Press Fall 2013


DECADE sponsors quarterly events addressing a wide array of topics related to diversity and campus climate.  The UCI community is invited to participate.  Check back here, and the Graduate Division Calendar for more information about upcoming DECADE events.


The upcoming Journal Club will be announced soon.


The DECADE Speaker Series features distinguished speakers from across the country and invites the UCI community to participate in dialogue focused on campus climate and diversity. Please email if you have any speaker suggestions.

See past events below

Erwin Chemerinsky - October 17, 2011

Carlos V. Grijalva - December 1, 2011

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

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

Marta Tienda - May 30,2012

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

For more information regarding these events please email or call Jason Cruz x4-1281


  • DECADE Abstract  
  • DECADE Organizational Structure 
  • DECADE Project Timeline 

For Questions related to the DECADE Initiative please contact the DECADE and Recruitment Coordinator, Jason Cruz,, (949)824-1281

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