Our FutureThe Office of Graduate Studies at UC Davis values a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences among its students as this diversity strengthens and enriches our research, scholarship, and teaching. A diverse graduate student population enhances the academic experiences for all students. We are committed to a multicultural academic environment that supports the success of all graduate students. Diversity among students, faculty and staff is a key, integral factor in graduate education at UC Davis, to achieve an equitable, hospitable and inclusive educational environment.

Graduate Diversity Officers

Our FutureGraduate Diversity Officers (GDOs) are designated as a primary professional resource to address graduate student diversity experiences at UC Davis. Dr. Josephine Moreno (left) is appointed to address graduate students and programs in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences (HASS) and Education fields, while Dr. Steve Lee (right) addresses graduate students and programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

As part of their work off campus, both Drs. Moreno and Lee are charged with increasing the pool of talented, competitive diversity graduate students by recruiting at colleges and universities. Likewise, on the UC Davis Main Campus the GDOs offer professionalizing workshops, provide academic support, and overall contribute to a welcoming and supportive campus culture for a diverse graduate student population. 

Upcoming Events in Graduate Diversity

Graduate Diversity Orientation Program

When: September 9 - 11, 2015 at Student Community Center

New graduate students at UC Davis are invited to attend the Graduate Diversity Orientation Program (GDOP). This orientation focuses on diversity issues in higher education and success in graduate school. GDOP engages students committed to diversity, with issues they may experience in their first year and the changing demographics at UC Davis, in California, and in the U.S. Through skill building workshops, interactive panels, and networking with diversity peers, faculty and staff, the GDOP prepares students to successfully navigate graduate school in their first year, balancing their commitments while becoming themselves resources and advocates for a diverse and inclusive campus community

Registration for the 2015 Graduate Diversity Orientation Program will be closed as of 8/31/2015 9:00AM PST. 

Recent Events

Exploring Faculty Careers at Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

On Monday, May 18th, 2015 UC Davis hosted a group of visiting faculty and administrators who are representatives of a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges and universities.  The consortium called LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers) are interested in recruiting from among the talented pool of advanced degree recipients at UC Davis and in diversifying faculty membership at their respective institutions. Advanced graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and postdoctoral scholars attended this event to learn more about academic careers and how to apply to faculty positions at liberal arts colleges and universities. 

  • For more information about the LADO institutions, their locations, and for contact information on their Chief Diversity Officers click here.
  • To review a list of the LADO consortium call for faculty positions in 2014- 2015 click here

Information on the LADO consortium faculty positions for 2015-2016 will be available at this site in summer 2015.


Resources for Prospective Students on Diversity
Preparation programs for grad school, our recruitment activities, and information for prospective students

Resources for Current Graduate Students on Diversity
Funding sources, student groups, research on diversity, etc

Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars on Diversity
Funding sources, groups for postdocs, research on diversity, etc

Resources for Faculty and Staff on Diversity
Funding opportunities, mentoring resources, research on diversity, etc