Graduate Division


"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 recruitment and retention of diverse students 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.


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

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.


FALL 2017

DECADE Community Meeting –

Wednesday, October 11th from 12-1:30pm in the Graduate Resource Center (GRC)

DECADE Fall Welcome –

Wednesday, November 1st from 12pm-2pm in the UCI Student Center

DECADE Community Meeting –

Wednesday, November 8th from 4-5:30pm in Natural Sciences II 3201

DECADE Journal Club –

Wednesday, November 15th from 11-12:30pm in the Graduate Resource Center (GRC)

DECADE Speaker Series –

Tuesday, December 5th from 10:30am-12pm in the Graduate Resource Center (GRC)

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

DECADE Mentor Graduate Diversity Awards

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. 

2017 Application - Deadline: March 13, 2017

Previous awardees:

2016 Awardees

2015 Awardees

2014 Awardees

2013 Awardees

2012 Awardees


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 Fall 2016 (coming late November)

Past DECADE Presses:

DECADE Press Spring 2016

DECADE Press Winter 2016

DECADE Press Fall 2015

DECADE Press Spring 2015

DECADE Press Winter 2015

DECADE Press Spring 2014

DECADE Press Fall 2013

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:
Martín Jacinto (
Sara Sameni (

Michelle E. Zuñiga (

Education Chair:
Taffeta Wood (

Public Relations Co-Chairs:
Ceazar Nave (
Nestor B. Tulagan, Jr. (

Recruitment Co-Chairs:
Miles Davison (
Sara Villalta (

Campus Coordinator Chair:
Francisco Gutierrez Carranza (

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 2016, 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.


Student Contact


Arts & Humanities

Erica Cheung &

Wujun Ke &

Biological Sciences

Phoebe Valdez


Connie Kang

ICS & Engineering

Laia Ferrer Argemi &

Sara Sameni &

Physical Sciences

Kristen McKee

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. 

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 if you have any speaker suggestions.

Fall 2017

Tyrone Howard - December 5, 2017

  • Creating Access and Equity for All Students 

See past events below

Richard Mintrop - February 23, 2017

  • Two Steps Forward - One Step Back: Diversity, Equity and Practical Relevance in a Doctoral Program for Education Leaders at a Research-Focused University

Song L. Richardson - November 3, 2016

  • Habits of the Mind: The Influence of Implicit Bias on Judgements

Martha I. Dávila-García - November 17, 2016

  • Hindsights Into My Career Plan: What I've Learned

Roberta Espinoza - February 9, 2016

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

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

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