We are committed to fostering academic and research excellence through the promotion of diversity between students and faculty, and the development of a diverse scientific and engineering workforce at all academic levels.  - Isabella Velicogna, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Equity and Inclusion


DECADE stands for the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience. In collaboration with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, this program provides a diverse group of UCI graduate students with a supportive community consisting of faculty, staff, and students; resources tailored to fit specific needs, and a wide variety of professional development and leadership opportunities. DECADE seeks to improve inclusive excellence by increasing the participation and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate programs. As part of the program’s mission to promote inclusive excellence in graduate education, DECADE provides a wide range of resources and leadership opportunities that all graduate students are welcomed to take advantage of. 

Physical Sciences DECADE Mentors:

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ADVANCE Program for Equity and Diversity

The mission of UCI ADVANCE is to promote an inclusive culture for faculty and graduate student excellence. A dedicated team of faculty Equity Advisors and graduate program DECADE mentors carry out this mission in the general campus schools. This distinctive model of peer to peer collaboration is designed to advance excellence through an intentional commitment to equity and diversity in three areas critical for the success of current faculty and professoriate of the future. These are: recruitment and admissions, advancement and degree completion, and an affirmative climate for all faculty and graduate students.

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PACE Program

PACE (Physics & Astronomy Community Excellence) is a graduate student-led program for peer mentoring in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Learn more, and read about it


COMP (Community Outreach and Mentoring Program) is a graduate student led program designed to foster community and inclusivity within the UCI Mathematics Department. COMP is an expansion of the Math Department Peer Mentoring Program, and was formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and concerns highlighted at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Faces in Mathematics

​Faces in Mathematics mission is to change lives by developing the skills of underrepresented students’ in mathematics and providing impactful opportunities & support including career exploration, community, and mentorship.

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