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.



DECADE Community Meeting 

Thursday, April 19th from 4:30-6:00pm (location TBA)


DECADE Speaker Series

Thursday, May 17th from 10:30am-12:00pm (Humanties Gateway 1010)


DECADE Journal Club 


DECADE End of Year Celebration

Thursday, May 24th from 12:30-2:00pm (Graduate Resource Center)


DECADE End of Year Social

Friday, June 1st from 5:00-8:30pm (Anthill Pub & Grille)


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

Spring 2017


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 2018

Past DECADE Presses:

DECADE Press Fall 2017

DECADE Press Spring 2017

DECADE Press Winter 2017

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 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.


Student Contact


Arts & Humanities

Erica Cheung &

Wujun Ke &

Biological Sciences

Alberto Soto


Doron Zinger

ICS & Engineering

Laia Ferrer Argemi &

Maryam Asghari,

Physical Sciences

Kristen McKee

Social Sciences

Stephanie Pullés & Jessica Kang,

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 Travel Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed

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.

Winter 2018

Charis Kurbrin, Ph.D. - March 9, 2018

  • Rethinking Crime and Immigration

See past events below

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

  • Creating Access and Equity for All Students

Richard Mintrop, Ph.D. - 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, Ph.D. - November 3, 2016

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

Martha I. Dávila-García, Ph.D. - November 17, 2016

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

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